First off, and principal to the entire picture, is the Cross, representative of the death of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for with that death came forgiveness for all, past, present and future, for the sins that we as mere mortals have committed during our lives. He knows that we are weak and will make bad choices, but He offers forgiveness if we make the decision to change our ways and believe in Him by faith. If we do that, we will begin to live a new life and put Him first in what we do. That is the principal message of the picture but there are other, also important messages that add to it as well. Let's look at the earthly things since we have covered the symbol of our hope for another world when life on this one is done.
The swinging love seat holds special interest as it likely has been a place to sit and ponder by many who have seen the Cross and are asking for guidance in their own lives from a most beautiful setting. I can image that older people, those who are now facing their mortality might sit there and think about what their future holds when life is done. Or what about the unwed mother-to-be who is asking God for His help with her plight. Or a young man preparing to leave to go to war, desiring God's grace to be shined upon his life. These and many other situations have likely been faced by people while sitting reverently before the Cross and seeking help and forgiveness.
And what about the contrast between light and darkness brought on by the ending day? Well, we all generally associate light with goodness (God) while darkness represents something that might be fearful, threatening and evil (Satan). The problem that we all face is that certainly when this life is over, we want to live on, but that means we must turn from the darkness of sin and enter and stay with the light. That requires us to have resolve and determination to fight the beast that Satan is. God wants us to make that decision but it is our free will choice. So, maybe, just maybe, each of us needs to have our own little place, just like the beautiful setting in the picture, where we can always commune with our inner Holy Spirit and through Him to the Great Mediator to God, Jesus, to help us maintain our way to follow the message of the Cross. That is what this picture says to me for that is the road to salvation for all of us. It is the road to Paradise.