I painted this after a classmate from High School passed away, succumbing to her battle with cancer. From time to time (or perhaps often!) we find ourselves weathering seasons of deep darkness and disappointment. During those times we may feel like this barren tree, aching with naked arms outstretched, longing for the full beauty and glory God has promised us. As we wait, we remind ourselves to enjoy the quiet reflections of God’s kingdom around us, knowing the best is always yet to come.