In the Gap, The old man Banksia, Stands between two large rocks and a 300 foot drop. Everyone needs an older and wiser head standing in the gap for us between our poor decisions and impending disaster. This old warrior is frail - most of the main trunk is just a hollow shell of a past life lead. So who will stand in the gap.
“In the Gap”
Figure in Landscape No 23 2006
Oil painting on Linen 750 x 1050mm
This old man Banksia stands on the edge of a thousand foot drop. Having survived between two rocks, it's early life must have been perilous. Now big and strong it fills the gap and stands sentinel to the danger. Its trunk holds back the loose sandy soil and its roots are strong and deep: holding it fast against the elements.
Who will stand in the gap is a biblical cry for prayer. Ezekiel 22:30. Who will stand between humans and danger? Who will stand between humans and God's judgment? This is the function of a prayer warrior. This visual metaphor is both strong and personal. Often prayer warriors have themselves known many dangers and the challenges of life and death before they develop the urgent call to praying in the Gap.
Strong: This Banksia has almost lost its life with the main trunk now just a shell of bark. Its heart wood exposed, as the new growth bursts open the old bark, when the surviving branch took on the feeding role of the whole tree. Heart like and weeping the soul of the tree is revealed.
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Photo taken in Grose Vale NSW, Australia
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