After ending the blog, Saturday evening, with this photo taken on the way home from the Back-to-School party at John and Mandy’s…it got me thinking about the skies and how too much light or too much darkness causes us distress, in our lives, over extended periods of time. (*Like my closed shutter day last week 🙂
On the flip side…too many gray, cloudy, dark days have the same dismal effect…our energy starts draining…and we long to see the light again. What fascinated me about this sighting was the first peek of light arriving right before the night darkness fell…with even the promise of blue skies to come. The scene contained every visual element of weather we experience and enjoy… in moderation…a type of portal into the future.
(Photo: Derek Thomas/Flickr)
Haven’t we all heard that song birds are actually taught to sing in the dark? In other words…there is an underlying reason for it…the spiritual metaphor for this circumstance is found in Matthew 10:27.
Jesus said: “What I tell you in the darkness, share with others when your daybreak appears.”
When we go through the dark times and we all do…it is our faith being tested and like the songbirds…if we keep the faith we will emerge from these personally troubled times with valuable advice to share with others…a song to sing, in other words.
If we never had dark times, how would we know if our faith was strong…it had never been tested? *In the low country we are in the middle of hurricane season which keeps all of us ‘on our toes’ praying nothing hits each annual season…yet if we never had any storms with the power to damage or destroy our homes…we couldn’t really say that our house is strong and stable enough to overcome a storm?
So until tomorrow…“God puts us into ‘the shadow of His hand’ until we learn to hear Him” (Isaiah 49:2).” We go through hard, dark times so God can whisper to us amid the darkness the guidance and wisdom we all seek.
“Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh
Take a good look at this painting by Anne…she started it several years ago but something just felt off at the time…it was left unfinished …until Sunday afternoon/ evening. Now she is struggling with a title for this personal artwork and would like some ideas from you readers.
Here’s a little background on this painting to perhaps help you with a title idea…
Anne took a picture of this bench found in Magnolia Gardens… the spring before her mother died in 2007- (she wished she had photographed her on the bench)…but nevertheless she finished it Sunday evening and started thinking of a title…she would like it to be authentic either in a southern expression or perhaps just authentic to any feeling it invokes in the viewer.
If something pops into your mind upon viewing this beautiful painting…Anne would greatly appreciate any thoughts or verbal images it invokes in you. Thanks ahead of time…for participating! Your ideas will be a big asset to Anne… in final closure to this memorable painting.