Most of us have experienced some form of acute anxiety and/or depression in our life. The figure in the drawing “Tribulation” is wearing prison garb and is pushed to the ground due to what we may perceive to be the circumstances leading to his fear and desperation. One hand is set in a fist representing anger and frustration, while the other hand is open-palmed signifying resignation of his situation – and perhaps this opens the door to acceptance, and eventually his ability to overcome. The only part of the figure with color is his skin, as all the other elements (clothing, thorn bush and body position) are his own perceptions of the situation and as such are symbolic. In tribulation we must endure and persevere!
“Heartbreaks, disappointments and even our own weaknesses cans serve as stepping-stones to the second half of life transformation. Failings are the foundation for growth. Those who have fallen, failed or gone down are the only ones who understand up.”
-Author: Richard Rohr