Original Oil Painting by Michelle East
Artist Interpretation: Lotus flowers grow out of the mud pure and clean. Seeded in muddy waters, the lotus rises above the mud and produces beautiful and fragrant flowers. Chinese poets use lotus flowers to inspire people to continue striving through difficulties and to show their best part to the outside world, no matter how bad the circumstances may be. This is understood as being just like the lotus flower, bringing beauty and light from the murky darkness at the bottom of the pond.
“But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.” Ephesians 5:13 (NIV)
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