The second mural we worked on was based around the water cycle. This classroom had a small blackboard that would hang on the wall allocated for the mural so in choosing a cycle based image we were able to make sure that all the key areas of the mural would be kept visible around the board. We placed sky and sea behind where the board would be hung so that if it was removed it would just look like a completed landscape. Unfortunately I don't have any photos of the mural with the board hung up as the paint was still a bit wet when we finished, but you can see it would fit just to the left of the mountains in the big square of sky.
I think my favourite part of working on this mural was talking it through with Bishop Peter. He said he knew what the painting was of but he didn't know about it, so I got to talk through the different stages with him. I felt really excited that what we were making was being used to teach even before it was quite finished!
The water cycle is actually something which I'd been looking at earlier this year for my own interest. At that point in time I never would have guessed we'd end up painting it large scale on a school wall! I had been looking at it because I felt God had shown me how it related to prayer. Here is a very quick sketch and key to explain:
Evaporation: The Holy Spirit helps us pray (Romans 8:26)
Transpiration: The prayers and praises of God's people rise with the prayers of the Spirit.
Transportation: God hears the prayers and gathers them into clouds. He moves them to where they need to go.
Precipitaion: As a result of the prayer and praise, God pours out His rain. He moves on the land, pours out His Spirit, refreshes, strengthens and cleanses us. He gives us what we need to grow.