So today I jumped on my soapbox again, this time to shout about a dear friend I admire. With great enthusiasm I prepared to stand perched with her painting held high overhead to shout, "THIS GIRL CAN PAINT!" In describing what this painting means to me personally, I found myself stepping off my soapbox to sit with my head in my hands, moved to tears under the amazing mercy of a heavenly Father.
I first saw Sue's painting when she posted a photo of it in her flicker photostream and it captured my heart instantly. To me the happy cottage is so inviting, safely nestled against massive woods that stand to protect it from any coming storm. The warmth of the sun brighly shining upon it and the grassy knoll that leads to a lush tree standing as a landmark that this is home.
Writing these thoughts down brought to mind the trial I just came out of, where God was a shield protecting me from the attacks of the enemy, the light of His truth served to comfort and guide me, and I always felt safe as long as I remain planted in His will.
Though Sue may not have known the impact her painting would have on me when she painted it, God used it bless and encourage me. Through Sue's gracious generosity, her painting has found a home in my studio. Like a landmark it will always be a reminder that there is a trustworthy God in heaven who truly loves and cares for us. So now, back on my soapbox, I stand to shout, and by no means to deminish Sue's God given ability to paint a stunning painting, I wish to proclaim,
"My God, how great Thou art!"
But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy; in reverence of You I will worship toward Your holy temple. Lead me, O LORD, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; make Your way straight before my face. But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You. For You, O LORD, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield. Psalm 5:7-8, 11-12