"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” - Hebrews 11:1
"Blind Faith" is a profound reflection on trust, love, and overcoming adversity, inspired by the life of Lea, a gray quarter horse born completely blind. Lea's owner, my friend Lou from Les Haven Ranch, was presented with a daunting challenge at her birth. Advised that euthanasia might be the kindest option due to her blindness, Lou instead chose to see Lea’s potential and worth, believing her life to be valuable and full of possibilities.
Lea's story is one of overcoming and adapting. Born into darkness, she never knew the world through sight, yet her life has been anything but dim. Through the nurturing care at Les Haven Ranch, Lea has blossomed, revealing that true vision comes not from the eyes but from the heart. This piece captures the essence of her spirit – serene, graceful, and imbued with a trust that defies her physical constraints.
This special bond between Lea and Lou is a living example of what it means to live by blind faith – a life guided not by sight but by trust and love. Just as she relies on Lou to navigate the unknown, we too are called to trust in God's guidance, even when our path is unclear. It's about recognizing that despite our imperfections, we are wonderfully made in God's image (Psalm 139:14; Genesis 1:27), and He loves us immeasurably (Psalm 103:11-14).
This piece is a poignant reflection on the power of faith that transcends physical limitations and the deep bonds of trust that can form in the absence of sight. At its core, "Blind Faith" speaks to the spiritual journey we all embark upon. Like Lea, we are often called to navigate the uncertainties of life, trusting in a path we cannot see with our eyes. This artwork serves as a reminder that faith is about stepping forward even when the way is not clear, trusting in a guidance that is felt rather than seen.