You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.
Thoughts on the verse
Chapter 58 of Isaiah is a hard / good read. God is unhappy with his people for putting on a show with their faith. They go through the religious rituals but then turn around and live lives without care or concern for the needs of others. God is quite blunt with his expectation for us, his children, and our actions. We as Christians are quite clearly called to do hard things and deal with difficult people. This is our true work.
If we follow his commands then our reward is His protection and provision. The verse in this art shares beautiful imagery of what we ourselves will be like if we are obedient to the work God has for us. How very apt of God to use images of gardens and flowing water for a people who lived in a dry land. I am a firm believer in the restorative power of time spent in nature. Our first home was a garden after all!
There is something reassuring about the phrases "well-watered" and "ever-flowing" too. The first means plenty. Not just enough water to get by but an abundance. The second phrase brings to mind endurance, a promise of provision that doesn't end.
So do the good / hard work, friends, and watch God provide!
Thoughts on the design
The well-watered garden and ever-flowing streams mentioned in Isaiah 58:11 bring to mind rain. I knew I wanted to include falling rain imagery as part of this design but I also didn't want to take away from the power of the words themselves. The result was the background pattern consisting of repeating rectangular shapes.
Further in the background there are subtle curving lines to represent the gentle wave of flowing water. Each band becomes lighter and lighter moving up the artwork which also brings to mind a landscape or sunset over water.
The solid box anchors the text and provides some contrast for the white letters. Similar to the waves, the box behind the text has curved corners. I tucked it in the lower right. With the left-to-right way English readers comprehend text to me it suggest the text box is flowing along the visual river.
Thoughts on type
The type is set in Facit Light. A clean sans serif font works well with the geometric shapes of the background rain. I also appreciate the gentleness of the curves in the round letters such as the lowercase "g" and "a" and "d."
Thoughts on color
I was very much thinking of spring when working on the Isaiah 58:11 design. Soft pastel colors came to mind when I was thinking of new leaves unfurling and the petals of wildflowers.
I was concerned the "rose pink" and "coral" options were too similar but as someone who truly appreciate color, I felt they were different enough to offer both!
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