The alligator-like texture of charred wood is fascinating. Its deep fissures are sobering proof that something has been irreversibly altered. Fire turning wood to ashy dust.
This texture inspired the embroidery on my Rough Wood Textured Bible Cover. As I worked on designing the embroidery, I noticed that some of the cracks formed little crosses. When I filled in a small section with red, a cross peered out amid the chaos. So poignant. So apt. Because that’s just what the Gospel does.
We are irreversibly altered by sin. We have deep wounds and hurts. We are surrounded by noise and chaos. But there is hope. At the cross, Jesus paid for those sins that mare us. There He was wounded for our healing. And there He took the punishment so we can have peace with God in this chaos. This is said so beautifully in the book of Isaiah.
5 But He was pierced because of our transgressions,
crushed because of our iniquities;
punishment for our peace was on Him,
and we are healed by His wounds. Isaiah 53:5 (HCSB)