"Fruit of Joy" watercolor ©Sara Drescher
The blossoming tree and the tiny bonsai tree are references to the scripture: “Then the trees of the forest will sing, they will sing for joy before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth.” (1 Chronicles 16:33) The beautiful morning sky ties to the scripture that says: “On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone-- while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?”
(Job 38:6-7) The cup in her hand is the cup of salvation. “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” (Psalm 51:12) The pearl in the label references the parable of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl in the Book of Matthew. The koi fish are symbols of Christ and the joy the angels announced at his birth. (Luke 2) She has oil on her tray which refers to the scripture: “You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.”(Psalm 45:7) The oxen in her halo are symbols of strength and symbolize how the joy of the Lord is our strength. “Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."
This piece is part of a private collection but is available as print.