"A Scarlet Robe," 10 x 14 original watercolor, unframed.
The Utah deserts are famous for their red rocks. They seem almost otherworldly. The St. George valley is circled by them, rising up above the horizon in almost every direction. On my mindfulness journey, everywhere I looked I saw a scarlet robe. I love that at the base of this particular robe of red rocks, draped in purple shadows, there is an olive tree, symbol of peace and forgiveness. I also love that new growth seems to spring forth from this scarlet robe, with brilliant greens that show us a desert landscape full of life and abundance.
Typically, robes are synonymous with comfort, something warm and cozy to wrap up in after a bath. But in the case of a symbol, this scarlet robe was anything but comfort -- it was an object of mockery and derision, even while the Bible describes it as "gorgeous."
Roman soldiers, aware that many considered Jesus to be their promised king, robbed him of his clothing, and draped him in a scarlet robe, perhaps a discarded military cloak, in place of robes of royalty. Worthy of a crown of gold, they instead placed a crown of thorns upon his head, piercing enough to draw blood. They handed him a reed in place of a scepter.
Although originally used as an object of mockery and derision, believers now wait for his return, arrayed again in a red robe as a sign of victory and redemption. Part of my Desert Metaphors series.
AFFIRMATION: I WILL HONOR TRUE GOODNESS.
“A Scarlet Robe,” 10 x 14 original watercolor, unframed. Save $120.