Sunday, June 12, 2011

Consider the Lilies [acrylic, 20”x16”]

consider the lilies

It bears repeating regularly – we need to rest and trust in God.  Easier said than done I know!  Quite a few folks I know are feeling the pressures of the the world, whether they have major decisions to make, have fallen ill, or are getting by on less, concerned about family members, have lost a loved one, etc.  More often it’s a combination of several of issues.  Jesus put it succinctly as usual in Luke 12:27 - "Consider the lilies, how they grow : they neither toil nor spin ; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these”.  That’s what inspired this painting. 

I love how the apostle Paul described this type of resting from financial worries in Philippians 4 - “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity ; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”  I think Paul’s talking about an attitude of gratitude that few of us practice these days.  And it does take practice…  have a contented week!

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is just what I needed to read right now. So glad I found you. God bless you.

Cheryl said...

Anon, glad you enjoyed it... God bless you too!
Cheryl