Stripes tell a powerful and compelling story, one that transcends the boundaries of time over generations of those that were, those that are and those that are yet to be.
While stripes have been embraced by the cosmopolitan chic, the masculine man and the pretty petites; they tell a story that you and I could never finish writing even if we tried.
A prisoner uniform in medieval times; the fashionistas uniform in the nineteenth century.
A multilevel tier constantly in a state of flux in the here and now.
The black and white striped fabric woven into society will signify the haves and have-nots. The bourgeoisie’s who have made it in life, some through toil & sweat, some through inheritance and some merely from a corrupt hand. Echoing Shakespeare’s very words, these are the great, the ones that have either been born great, have achieved greatness or have greatness thrust upon them. Everything fair and grand symbolises this group YET ‘closely’ aligned are those with a future that seems BLEAK. The ones that stare and are filled with admiration when they see what crossing over to the other side will yield. The ones that hang onto faith because without it …all is lost, they WORK so that in the end they can take pride in the fact that they have earned their stripes, they HOPE they WAIT. Some content in the present, some eager for the future.
Revealed through HIS stripes, albeit in a peculiar shade, one that I dare not try to summate in a phrase, are a Saviour’s wounds symbolising HIS pain, suffering and helplessness at a chosen time to save those HE loves.
HE symbolises what is pure and holy-a very different shade to those HE has come to save. Those in need of a Saviour, those that have been born into sin and are filled with sin.
They label themselves believers, amongst them some will be saved some will be lost. Some will obtain the victory so freely given unto them, yet some… like a moth to a flame-destruction will be inevitable.
Contrasts between Good and Evil-Right and Wrong-Light and dark-Life & Death.
Accounts revealed through seamless stripes…
Closely aligned are two shades of people; the optimist and the pessimist. Four eyes viewing the same glass. Two will see endless possibilities; two will dread the challenges that are ahead.
Physically…YES closely aligned-Mentally…worlds apart.
Stark contrasts of black and white will tell a story of a single woman paralleled with another who wore a veil. A pair in need of a child alongside another with children that are keeping their hands full. Stripes will tell of someone with a clean bill of health and someone hanging onto the little that’s left. All told through this striped frame are Seasons cold and blustery characterised with impatience and hopelessness as one waits on a seemingly silent redeemer to come through. They will also reveal the beauty in seasons of uninterrupted sunshine filled with blessings and praise.
Defeat & Victory…
Confidence & Doubt…
Weakness & Strength…
Sorrow & Joy…
Black & White juxtaposed, close in association yet very different in stature.
Dare to tell the story.