From the Heavens to the Seas

Grace Burke

Grace Burke is an Undergraduate Communication Sciences and Disorders Major expected to graduate in 2024. Since coming to Radford, she has joined a campus ministry by the name of Chi Alpha, and attends both one-on-one and group meetings to further her relationship with Christ. She also participates in weekly evangelism where she goes out into the community and talks with the people of Radford that are interested in learning more about Christianity. She wants society to realize that differences do not create excuses for hatred and that everyone should treat each other with nothing but love and kindness.

Photo Credit: Grace Burke
A watercolor painting based on the bible verse Psalm 141:8

“But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign Lord; in you I take refuge – do not give me over to death.”

These past few months have been tough for everyone. With global pandemics, social movements, murder hornets, and more, 2020 has definitely been a year of stress and pandemonium.

When asked about how she handles all of the obstacles that have been thrown at the world this year, Grace Burke admitted to being frustrated, worn down, stressed out, and overwhelmed. Despite these emotions, however, she remains hopeful and determined as she puts her life in the hands of the one she calls God.

She knows that there are a million uncertainties that remain undiscovered and even more obstacles that will test the world’s strength, but she remains confident in her Lord. When faced with difficulty, she turns to Him and surrenders herself with open arms.

Photo Credit: Grace Burke
A jellyfish sketched in ink with a watercolor background

In the midst of the chaos, however, there are still so many beauties and wonders around us. Most people know what a jellyfish looks like and that it will sting whoever touches it, but that’s about as far as their knowledge of jellyfish goes. What they don’t know, is that these wondrous creatures may not have a brain, but they are still the oldest multicellular animals on Earth and have even been to space!

Photo Credit: Grace Burke
An acrylic painting of eyes

This final piece is a depiction of what many have called the windows to the soul. No matter what kind of mask one puts on, their eyes will continue to call out their deepest secrets to the people around them. Too often, the truth is hidden behind the slimness of one’s eyelids, yet society ignores this because of a disguise they have plastered to their skin.

As a community, we must bring awareness to this illusion. Do not let a smile or disguise derail you from the path to the truth. Everyone has their differences, but at the end of the day we are all human beings and we all have eyes with secrets that are pleading to be seen. Be aware of what lies behind the mask and remember to be loving and kind to everyone you see.

To contact Grace Burke, email her at geburke@radford.edu