Sheep are fragile creatures. They get scattered easily; confused; frightened; in constant need of a guiding hand, a shepherd, or they die. In His Word, God refers to His people as sheep, and Jesus, their Shepherd. Whether a person is a lost soul in search of safety and security, or one who knows Christ as his Savior but having been led astray, the comfort of being in the fold is never out of reach. The painting, Coming Home, depicts these souls on their journey into the loving care of the Great Shepherd. The sheep are coming from the desert, hot, dry and desolate, into an oasis where Living Water flows fresh and free. They rest in the shade of the olive tree, itself a symbol of home and peace, where Jesus sits with His staff – an instrument used for gathering the flock to Himself. The River of Life provides refreshment; nourishment; and is a symbol of the sustenance found in God's Word and constant fellowship with Him. Jesus reaches to caress the sheep and lambs, to comfort and reassure them of their safety in His shadow.