My husband and I were notified this morning one of his good friends and our classmates from High School passed away yesterday. Noticing my mood is somber, not sad, I express gratitude that I believe Life is everlasting and uninterrupted. I love what is said in Colossians 3:15, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5 Whenever it seems I have much to do humanly as I do today, the temptation often arises to outline the day but today I will refer to the above scripture when that happens.
There are distractions everywhere, but God is always right here to center me!
While reading about the tares and the wheat in Matthew 13:24-30, it is brought to one’s attention that the tares are not destroyed until the harvest. “Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest, I will say to the reapers, ‘First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn'”.
The tares are totally separate from the wheat just as we mature Spiritually, any unChristlike trait just falls away and has nothing to do with our True Being and it never did have. Isn’t God Good?
While waiting on God and trusting Him with a grateful attitude, we see Life through light. We can only glorify Him in this state of thought; therefore, we are then able to enjoy Life to the fullest. Gratitude always is riches while complaint is forever, poverty.
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
From time to time, one of my favorite things to do is to pick up an old Journal I would write in daily. No matter what the need seemed to be, it was always supplied by Divine Love. Many times, I would pray with the 91st Psalms and the fourth verse has been so comforting to me, where it reads, “He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.”
In an old dictionary, the word pinions, referred to wings, making me feel I had angels surrounding me. I think we all do!
Two years ago I began taking art lessons. Fifty years ago, I had a semester in art in High School and only remember the primary colors from the class. After my second lesson, my teacher told me to bring a picture from home for a project and I selected “Captain Jack”. My husband had taken the photo of this man on Congress Street in Austin and I absolutely loved it. When I took this over to my teacher, he had so many reservations but I told him I wanted to paint it for my son’s upcoming birthday.
This was my first graphite and by the time I finished it, I had about seven lessons completed, but it was done with so much Love, I knew the hours spent on it would be worth it. Below is a photo of my drawing.