The second painting in my hand study was a redo of the painting from my Bible journal. In 2019, during a Lent Bible study, I had painted this in my art Bible while we contemplated the story of the woman who poured expensive perfume on Jesus’ head. Some of the disciples rebuked her for wasting something so precious that could have been sold and the money given to the poor. But Jesus rebuked them for bothering her because she did what she could. Sometimes we do things and others rebuke us because we could have done another thing, or given more, or given differently, and completely miss that we were doing what we could, what we knew how to do. Have you ever felt that way? Those are the moments that Jesus wraps his loving arms around us and reminds us that he sees us and he knows.
This painting was inspired by this photograph available on freepik.com. I don’t have the photographer’s name, but you can grab it here.
So as I said, I chose to make this my second painting in my hand series for church. I’m not sure why I switched to the Matthew verses instead of the Mark verses. I probably wasn’t paying attention, and just grabbed the first ones that came up in my Bible for that story. That’s the beautiful thing about the Bible – several of the stories are repeated by so many eye witnesses. We just have to believe they are true!
Jesus said to them, "She has done a beautiful thing for me. You are always going to have the poor with you, but you are not always going to have me." - Matthew 26: 10-11 (EHV)