The title of today’s drawing is, “Umbrella Man.” There are some who view God as the umbrella man. You know the guy who is going to cover your head so the rain doesn’t get to you. Isaiah 4:6 does say that God will provide,”a booth for shade by day from the heat, and for a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain.” I however have learned over the years there are times when God lets the rain wash over us because He wants us to learn something from the trials or troubles in which we are embroiled. I have grown stronger in my faith through the trials I have had in my life, diabetes, cancer, deaths in the family. Each one has given me more wisdom and prepared for what is yet to come in my life. I have also lived through the times when God returned the umbrella and stopped before it became to much for me to bear. Still I must say no matter the weather condition I am living under I will put my faith In God and live my days with joy in my heart.
I used to live on the outskirts of Philadelphia. One of the things I loved about where I used to live was my being able to make daily or weekly excursions into the city especially the downtown historic district. I have a history buff so I enjoyed walking into our countries. I walked the streets many times reveling in the fact that our forefathers once walked these same streets. Another thing I liked was all strolling in and out of all the little shops especially record stores like 3rd Street Jazz. I snagged a lot of good deals there.
Now driving and walking around Philly I get a little saddened because it has changed so much since my youth. The charm I used to feel is a little weakened but still there. One of the things I like to do now when I venture into my home city or Philly is pray as I walk or drive around. Each city or home town is filled with people who all need the Lord. So my advice today is do the same, pray for your hometowns or cities. Pray for the people, the government or whatever God lays on your heart, but pray.
I just read a daily devotion about the sequoia tree and how there enormous root system anchor the tall trees so they do not topple over during a wind storm. On the flip side are trees like the pine trees in my back yard. Their root system is not as deeply rooted into the ground so when the rains and high winds come I worry about the trees toppling over. The Bible says in Proverbs 12:3, that, ” the root of the righteous will never be moved.” In our lives our faith must be rooted like the sequoia tree so when the winds and the rain buffet our lives we will not be shaken or toppled over like the pine tree. It also comes without saying the roots we build with our church families must also be deep so when we need support they are there for us. The title of today’s drawing is of course, “The Deeply Rooted Tree.”
I must admit again I am not a big fan of the summertime. I used to like summer but only because it meant we got out of school for 3 months. Today, I still get off for the summer because I work for a school district, but now I spend my days off working around the house, mowing grass, painting and a whole lot more. Not the way I would like to enjoy my summers. I would much rather spend some time outside, lounging around on a patio or deck, drinking a cold sweet tea, while conversing with my friends. The title of today’s offering is entitled, “Little Red and Her Cat in the Sunshine.” Little red and her cat are enjoying being outside on a nice summer day. My hope is you’re doing the same. Happy summer to all and to all have a good bright (and sunny summer of fun).
There are many times as artists where we pigeon hole ourselves into one style or one medium of art. It is what we know so we naturally stick with what we know. As I have progressed through this art challenge I have tried to make sure to delve into new mediums, new styles of art. I have learned to enjoy my freedom to art. Today’s piece, while not as colorful as a Dr Seuss picture is my first attempt at a fantasy landscape. The piece is entitled, “Dilbo in the Wilderness.” I hope to do more drawing in this style in the future. Until tomorrow feel free to art.
Over the course of my lifetime I have had various occupations. I have worked as retail managers, in factories and currently in a local school district. As I look back at my various jobs I think the worst place I ever was employed worked was at a fast food restaurant. I only worked there for one year but I learned a lot about dealing with irate customers as well as employees who don’t take there job seriously. You haven’t lived until you try to calm down an irate customer because of an unwanted piece of cheese or a couple of misplaced pickles on a sandwich you didn’t have anything to do with creating.
Still I look back at these times and realize how much they prepared me for later positions I have had in life. In all of life we need to look at our current employment, or training (as in sports) and think about about how much we are being prepared for what comes next in life. So take the time to prepare yourself by working hard to learn and grow. It will pay off later in life.
If your life is like mine there are periods of time when life feels anything but joyful. Still God calls us in James 1:2 to, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds.” This means no matter what happens in life we are to call it joyful. Really? God says, yes. If you have an illness don’t dwell on it but look to God to give you comfort and peace throughout the trial. My joy and your joy comes from knowing God is always there for us and as 2 Corinthians 1:4 insures us God is the one, “who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” Our joy in life comes from helping others who are going get through the same storms we are weathering. It is hard to look for joy in times of trouble or sorrow but it can be found when your heart is in the right place.