We choose where we stay.
We get back and we see.
Why did I not return sooner?
Why did I flee?
“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling, and you said, “No! We will flee upon horses”; therefore you shall flee away; and, “We will ride upon swift steeds”; therefore your pursuers shall be swift.”
Isaiah 30:15-16 ESV
Pursued by everything others say you need, promising it will turn your door’s key to peace causing confusion, exhaustion until you return.
Return to the place that simply lets you be.
The place God says this is you.
This is yours.
The places with no parameters, expectation or restraint.
I stood in front of my new easel for three hours last night. I, thanks to the newlyweds, have a proper easel.
It stands tall to accommodate large pieces.
I painted a piece in a newly free way of layering. Colors in little prism like squares creating ideas of form and figure.
I’ll layer a little more later.
This morning I pondered the biblical idea of abiding.
Of remaining confident when there’s no reason to be sure simply because you know you are close to God.
You slow down long enough, briefly at first until you discover, I am okay, I’ve been at peace a little while now.
Of being where you are even though you can’t see clearly where you’re going.
“For we live by faith, not by sight.”
2 Corinthians 5:7
Of starting and allowing God to lead, much like a blank canvas you approach and begin with a certain color to continue with sweet consolation.
I like what this is saying. I am content with what I’ve conveyed here.
I’m so glad I began again, taking away what was planned and letting another idea develop.
Stripping away the too many perfect layers to leave the impression of a beauty, imperfect and spontaneous.
Yes. I cannot wait to be back there.
Abiding is simply staying in the place you feel most safe.
The place of the little corner room, soft songs about grace and love blending blue-grassy vibe with truth about staying here.
Where you belong, the place God made you for, the place of quiet confidence.
Present with God.
The place you sense most clearly that you are known, your longings have been observed by God, the place you believe you matter, you are a part of God’s story.
The morning story that reminds you, mercies are new all the time and His faithfulness has surely been great every moment.
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.” John 15:9
Where do you go that causes you to wonder why your return was delayed?
Do you sit with your fingers on keys finding soft notes at first becoming clearly stronger as time passes, you and the piano, maybe a guitar or a horn?
Do you put your hands deep into the soil and seed of flora or bright vibrant leaves?
Do you allow them to linger when you realize your hands are mingling with growth, God’s glory?
Do you sit with no agenda watching the anticipated rain come in?
Linger longer in the places that mean abiding for you.
Rest for our souls, maybe long overdue.
Space enough to remember.
You are strong.
Stronger than you know.
Continue and believe.
This piece is a mixed media collage using acrylic, paper and oil pastel. It is 20 x 38. Comment if interested.