18 x 24 Acrylic on Canvas
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© Laurie Justus Pace Graphics One Design 2010
The Painting: Another diamond in the rough. When I began this as a charcoal sketch on canvas, my mind had a direction already planned. As I painted it did not come together as I knew it would and I felt lost with it. I hung it on the wall...went away for a few days, came back and finished it. This morning before blogging I took pictures and looked at them and realized I had finally captured the spirit I wanted, but not in the colors I thought it would be. When I hung it up last night to finish drying for the second go round, I was thinking, who could I gift this to so I don't throw away the canvas. But the moment I downloaded the camera...the presence was there and I was amazed. IT had been there all the time, I just could not see it because I had something else I was looking for that did not exist.
The Thought: What I wrote above should be the thought....so often we look at our lives and feel we are in the midst of disaster. We can't quite control things enough to get them to go the direction we feel they need to move and we feel overtaken by circumstances around us. Well, at least I do. We are so blinded by what is around us in our minds, we no longer can truly see what is physically there.
When I take that time to back away from the thoughts swirling in my head and give the "oh my gosh what am I going to do" a long rest, I am able to go to the Father in prayer. Stepping away from the chaos into His arms brings instant relief. It is up to us to decide if we take that relief with us as we engage back in our world and our situation. Seems like just when things get the roughest that is when God's best reveals itself. The longer you try and control things, the longer it is until you reach that point of closure or even opening to something GOOD in your life.
Take yourself out of the midst of it all today and spend a moment in a safe nurturing place. I have you in my prayers.
“If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.”- 1 John 4:20-21