Another Lesson in Art Class

Today in class, the teacher gave us seven steps to do in order to finish a project we were working on.  There was frustration throughout the class evidenced by the heavy sighs.  No one could understand how we were getting to the finished product.  After  a while, each of us continued on our journey and what happened was amazing.

After each step was completed, the next step became clear and on and on until the next to the last step where we stopped today and will finish next week.  We were all focused on the last step and where we currently were on the first step.  It just hadn’t made sense.

James 1:4 states “Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”  This was the verse I used today and helped me to see that each and every step were important for me to achieve the end product.

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Sometimes Baby Steps

Today at my art class, there were so many new ideas literally thrown at us, but as we used them in our work, they began to make sense.  They certainly would not have been understood if she had given these to us three years ago at our first class.

Then, later I was reading an article where a lady was taking a swim course and the teacher had jumped in the pool and explained the law of flotation and buoyancy.  When the student was later relating this to her husband, who was a  physics major in college said, “Oh, yes, that’s  Archimedes’ law of buoyancy ,” and proceeds to quote the law word for word.  Now his wife was unaware of that law but it still worked for her.

As I was later studying and praying at my desk, it occurred to me I didn’t need to know everything about God, but what I do know is He is Love, Truth and Life, which is a great way to begin my prayers.  Psalms 23:4 states “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”  I also know that God is always with me and I can never, ever be separated from Him.  That is a good start for any prayer!

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Recently, I paid a visit to my first art teacher and had him critique some of my work.  While he was complementary with some, he pointed out that I had failed to execute some things on other pieces where I had known what to do!  A light came on for me and since then, I had recognized places where I had not executed what I know to be true.

First and foremost, I know God to be the omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient Good and the only power there is!  During this election, I had experienced some hand-wringing when in my soul, I know better.

“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.”  Psalm 105:4

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