I drive past this local piece of artwork very often, but the other day I was walking and so had the opportunity to have a good look at it. I love the concept; here you have an old dark and damp stone wall, all fairly bleak really, but then a window, to a place where the Sun is shining, the sky is blue and the boats are just waiting for you to take them out on the water. It’s a chance to escape to another time and place where things are better than here (even if it’s only in your imagination and only for a brief moment).
There are many people who would just love to escape right now; to escape from financial hardship, pressures and stresses that are unique to each individual and others that are ubiquitous to us all. Thank God that there is hope and that there is a way out, and what better time to be reminded of this than in the Christmas season when we celebrate that God in Jesus came to us because He cares for us far beyond even our wildest dreams.
The whole ‘door to another world’ theme reminded me of a verse from the last book in the Bible, ‘Revelation’:
After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”
(Revelation 4:1 ESV)