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This picture of the monarch butterfly represents three levels of ‘being’- body, mind and spirit. Viewing in daylight represents the material world and body- what you see is what you get. Viewed under ultraviolet light, this is the mind- the aqua is what is right (according to God), and the red/orange are the things that look good but are deceptively bad.


Holding Together

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Viewed under ultraviolet light, aqua circles resemble atoms and particles- the basic building blocks of life.  This is an analogy of God being everywhere, evident in all creation and holding everything together by His power.  The red/orange represents the sin-filled fallen world that ‘masks’ the evidence of God in creation. However, portions are still evident, as nothing can completely hide God’s glory. Viewed in the dark (glow in the dark) the faint, the partially obscured aqua (evidence of God) is now visible. This is like ‘seeing’ indirect evidence of God in circumstances and in creation.

“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16-17, NIV)

The Way

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Illustrated by an aqua line is the path of the straight and narrow or the way of life and obedience as instructed by Jesus. When viewed in daylight and under UV light, the red/orange colour symbolizes the various temptations shortcuts in life that ultimately lead to destruction.

”Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (Matthew 7:13-14, NIV)

Meaning #2

The aqua line resembles a shepherd’s staff, like Jesus the good shepherd.

I am the good shepherd. I know My sheep and My sheep know Me, just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father. And I lay down My life for the sheep. (John 10:14-15


Meaning #3

Viewed in the dark (glow in the dark) the aqua line resembles a question mark as if to ask ‘what is the right way to live’.

“Your word is a light unto my feet and a light unto my path.” (Ps 119, NIV)

The Vine

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The straight line in the picture represents Jesus (the vine) and the lines intersecting it believers (the branches). It draws on the principle of bearing good spiritual fruit (works) and that this cannot be achieved through one’s own strength but only through the empowerment of Jesus.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5, NIV)

Set Apart

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The red/orange landscape represents our secular culture in rebellion against God and His will. The aqua lines symbolize a counter-culture, the Christian culture in its purist form. This is the way of life as instructed and demonstrated by Jesus. Whilst this way of life different to secular lifestyle, Christians are also impressed to live amongst wider society- to be IN the world but to not be OF the world.

“ If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”(John 15:19)

Hope of a Future

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This picture maps the plans God has for each one who chooses to follow His path and obey His will. The white dots represent life events that signify spiritual growth. The picture shows several ‘events’ or ‘seasons’ someone has already experienced- but it doesn’t end there because God has “… plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeramiah 29:11 NIV)


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Viewed in daylight, this picture shows patterns which are somewhat boring and repetitive. This is like the promise God gave to Abraham and Sarah of having a son and descendants despite infertility. Viewed in daylight, this is like the long hard years of waiting for a promise to be fulfilled, but having no evidence in sight. UV light reveals a depth previously unseen- like God’s faithfulness and working behind the scenes. Then, glowing in the dark are the stars of the night sky –fulfilment of a promise.

“look up at the sky and count the stars if you can- if indeed you can count them…So shall your offspring be.” (Genesis 15:5, NIV)

In Awe

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Meaning #1

This picture captures the experience of standing in awe of God’s character and power when watching a lightning storm or admiring other aspects of creation.

Meaning #2

The top half of the picture reveals intricate details showing a God of complexity, but with a beautiful and simplistic desire to relate to us. The lower half (red) marks the efforts of mankind to do things our own way that ultimately equates to nothing. When viewed in the dark (glow in the dark), dark areas which represent the disobedience of humanity toward God.

Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe. (Proverbs 28:26, NIV)

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5, NIV)


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Viewed in daylight or under ultraviolet light, the picture shows a rocky red landscape which signifies a hard and difficult situation. In the wilderness, it can seem like God could not possibly be there, with no way out or answer in sight. But then the rain comes (aqua) and soaks through the dry ground and brings restoration. This is when God answers prayers, rapidly and miraculously changing a situation that moments before seemed utterly hopeless. Such outcomes go beyond natural logic and reason.

…‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s… As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. (2 Chronicles 20:15-22, NIV)


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This picture is an illustration about discernment. Viewed in daylight and under ultraviolet light it is somewhat difficult to see a clear distinction between the orange/red (things that are evil) and the white/aqua colours (things that are good according to God). Viewed in the dark, this is the world seen with God’s ‘clarity’. To God, there are no areas of grey- only that humans can lack discernment. Something is either good or evil with no in-between.

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12, NIV)