Tag Archives: God’s Kingdom

The Visitation


My newest painting has a story and a message. It portrays a few of the great moments in my book, The Greatest Moment. Enjoy the painting as you ponder the greatness of God.

An ancient mountain stands tall in the background from which flows a mighty river. The waters run pure and support life. Above, the sky is aflame with anointing. A dove hovers in the foreground, waiting for the right moment to descend. Evergreens grow strong as they reach towards the heavens. One tree, though, is different from the others. Like the river, it also contains life and its leaves provide healing for those who are hurting. A little lost lamb comes to drink from the living waters and is refreshed. All those who are thirsty are welcome in this place.


Belts of the King

Leather BeltBelts of the King

Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, and faithfulness the belt of His waist (Isaiah 11:5, New King James Version).

Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-10
Song: “Jesus Shall Reign”

“You’re just one of them city-slickers.” That’s how my uncles from Oklahoma pegged me, and they were right. At 12 years old, I’d lived my whole life near the crowded metropolis of Los Angeles, California.

Bar X ReunionMy uncles didn’t dress like city people either. They all wore manila-white cowboy hats, made of straw, as big as umbrellas. I’d never seen anything like those hats. If I wore something like that to school, I would be laughed out of class. Even so, when Uncle Lance offered me one, I grabbed it without hesitation.        (That’s me in the middle)

What impressed me most were the belts my uncles wore. Hand-tooled, made of tanned leather, they sported silver buckles the size of dinner plates. The buckles had various markings. My father told me these were brands, identifying the type of ranch each uncle owned.

Likewise, the Lord has belts symbolizing His kingdom. One represents His righteousness, the other His faithfulness. And He owns the entire realm—every star, every planet, and everything else beyond the waving of His hand.              

Even the garments You wear, Father, reflect the attributes of Your kingdom. One day, I hope to visit this kingdom and greet You in person. Through Christ, my Lord, amen.

“Belts of the King” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2009 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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