It is a gorgeous summerish Sunday afternoon in Southern California this first day in December 2013. Our chimes are singing with the gentle caressing breezes and I am totally lacking ambition to be productive which, as it turns out, fits in quite nicely with our pastor’s sermon this morning. He spoke about God’s leading, sometimes in looking back we can say doubtless God led us all the way. But, according to the 23rd Psalm God is our GOOD SHEPHERD and He is always leading even when it doesn’ t feel like it. Also, according to our pastor, God is ok with us experiencing pain if it serves His purposes of drawing us closer to bearing the image of His Son, Jesus. So, what does all this have to do with my being ok with not accomplishing anything today? I can rest guilt free because Psalm 23 says He leads me beside still waters to restore my soul. When was the last time you relaxed so God could repair and restore your soul?
My canvas is a large board picked up from the wood scrap pile at Home Depot. I discovered, much to my delight, that Home Depot sells 2 quart containers of paint for 2 bucks each. I bought 13 in assorted colors then dropped in to the Michaels store with a 50% off coupon which I used to buy a cool Martha Stewart set of letters to decoupage. I’ m not gifted in making up art out of my head but I can do a fair to half baked copy of what I see so I tried my hand at my favorite book by Nancy Tillman, WHEREVER YOU ARE MY LOVE WILL FIND YOU. I stenciled words Sing Dance Rejoice because I want to blend the spirit of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Then as a final touch I tried to splatter white to create the starry effect Nancy added to her book cover and to my horror I totally goofed and big runny gobs of white paint were dripping down everywhere. O NO!!! I groaned in shocked disbelief. Then determining not to put another ounce of energy into my masterpiece gone wrong I turned the dance under the moon into a dance in the sprinklers under the moon. What do you think? Is it worth saving?
Could be a great opener for a sci fi. Looks ominous. Alien. Even in this cold light my washing machine bodes a threat.
But give the light the warmth of sepia and the fear gives way to the familiar. It is beautiful. Curious how our minds can invent pulse quickening, heart stopping, eye bulging possibilities that paralyze and plunge us into anguish. The Bible says to cast down imaginations and bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. In other words don’t panic. Take our fears to Jesus and let Him work out the details. That’s a great prescription for sanity that lets me give my heart and fears a rest.
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My neighbor just lost her mother. I wanted to convey how much God loves her so I pulled Jesus’ analogy from the sermon on the mount in Matthew where He uses the care God takes with creating magnificent flowers that are so short lived and points out how very much more he cares about meeting our needs who, to God are of far greater worth.
I found this photo of the lily and painted both the flower and Matthew’s verse in part. I loved this rock because of its size and interesting colors. This work is not finished but when it is done I hope my neighbor will find a place in her yard for this and take comfort every time she sees it.
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