The original motivation for this piece came from a ministry called The Freedom Climb (now, The Freedom Challenge). This is a “movement of passionate women dedicated to freeing oppressed and enslaved women and children all around the world.”
The butterfly has long been a symbol of transformation, beauty, freedom and grace. In particular, it speaks of a transformation at the deepest level — not just a change in outlook, or a vague “hopefulness” that, “things will get better somehow”, but being fundamentally different.
The Truth we bring to men, women, and children who have been trapped in human trafficking and modern day slavery is that Christ takes our old, broken hearts of stone and gives us living hearts. The Truth is that there is a real, living, acting God who looks down on those of us who have been treated as dirt, sees infinite value in us, loves and rescues us. Truth brings Hope, and Hope brings Transformation to heart, life, self, outlook, present, future and ultimately eternity, even in the middle of a complicated, messy and ugly world. Hope gives us the ability to see beyond our current situation into the heart of God.
My intent is to portray the clash between the horror of human trafficking, and the hope we bring to people we find trapped there — between the ugliness of bondage and the beauty of the butterfly.