The next artwork in my Seven Gifts in the Book of Revelation series is the open door into heaven. Jesus says: “Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no man can shut.” (Rev 3:8). Further on it says: “I looked, and behold, a door was opened into heaven.”(Rev 4:1).
There is something very intriguing about a door: if shut, what is beind it? If half open, tantalising glimpses into another world can be seen….. there is endless fascination in literature and art about doors. The door to the Secret Garden, the wardrobe door leading to the imaginary country of Narnia…. Cathedral doors, portals, grand entrances, are wonderfully decorated all over the world. A door opening and giving a glimpse of heaven, how amazing! John in the Book of Revelation is giving us some of his visionary glimpses through that door.
In my quilt on this title, I have tried to give the shimering effect of a door into heaven. I try and have something of a “door into the next world” in most of my art.
In real life, how frustrating it is to feel doors shut against you. You start really excited about a new project, only to have doors constantly shut on you. Job rejection, failed test, unanswered emails, refusals to invest, turned down for a grant, not selected for an exhibition, don’t make it onto a short list, etc. How wonderful therefore that God opens a door for us that no man can shut!
If we are finding it difficult sometimes to find that door opened for us, don’t forget those words in John’s Gospel, where Jesus says “I am the door. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.”
Well, all you seekers and artists out there, I hope you find good pastures through the open door!