Long bike-ride yesterday on my favorite green-way. I went super slow - 19 miles in 2 hours. The Tour de France Bicycle Race is probably not in my future, but I still felt like a champion. Every "normal" activity I can accomplish in the aftermath of the mastectomy a month ago feels like a win!
When I came home, the art demo I had used for my recent art class was still on my easel. It was not very polished. I just draw quickly to guide the class, and then I spend most of my time circulating among the girls and helping them correct their drawings. Sometimes, I just wad up the demo drawing after class, and toss it in the trash.
However, this time, fresh from my bike ride, I looked at the demo picture of an empty path and tree and thought about how I used to pretend my bike was a horse when I was a little girl. I don't exactly still do that, but I do feel a connection to my bicycle that isn't exactly normal either. For example, I pet it when I dismount.
Does everyone do that? I thought so.
Anyway, the picture of the empty path beckoned me to finish it, to finish it with my dreams. So I drew me in my younger days on a white horse. The book of Revelation in the Bible refers over and over to a white horse. Jesus Himself will be mounted on the white horse; His name will be "faithful and true." He comes on the white horse to judge in righteousness, and to conquer the forces of evil. Satan and the false prophets will be defeated, thrown (finally!) into the lake of fire, and justice will prevail at last.
Wrongs will be righted, evil will be vanquished, and righteousness will reign.
I drew a white horse on the path, my symbol of hope that one day all will be as it should be.
P.S. Today at 10 a.m., I meet finally with my oncologist to go over my treatment plan. My prayer is I will not need chemo or radiation. Please pray for me. The prayers of the righteous availeth much.
Pastel painting by Vicky Kaseorg, 11x14, Quietness and Trust Shall Be Your Strength. If interested in purchasing, contact Vicky at firstname.lastname@example.org
Revelation 19: 11-20
11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war.
12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.
13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.
14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.
16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God,
18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and the mighty, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, great and small.”
19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse and his army.
20 But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.