As usual, this new painting started in my “Painting Brave” technique. (See Painting Brave) When I start I have no idea what will happen next. I’m just waiting to be surprised.
At the same time I’m watching out the window at some activity in the yard. Two baby bunnies have made their appearance. They see me and scurry back to a place of safety under a large Aeonium succulent plant. I hear a clattering sound. When I investigate I see an oriole has landed on the long flower spike of a red yucca. Hummingbirds are not happy this oriole has infiltrated their territory so they’re creating a ruckus and the oriole is scolding back at them, unintimidated. Who’s going to possess this flower stock?
Bees are all over the Cleveland sages in full flower. Crows fly in for a drink from the pool. Lizards chase each other and do pushups to impress a potential mate or assert their territory, I’m not sure which. It’s a wild wild yard and each of these creatures has a place to land or perch or be protected from predators.
Now my painting is starting to come together and have a theme. I’m seeing what God is trying to show me.
We all need a place to dwell in safety and comfort. It’s a requirement for living that, for some, is difficult to find. Daily we’re confronted with the reality of such disparity in this world. War never ends, hunger prevails, safety is elusive. Even in my own yard a daily battle exists over food, territory, safety and relationships.
When I need a rest it is God who provides the place to be comforted and protected. In all my busyness I need a place to land. He provides it, and it’s beautiful.
“…The Lord will protect me, and my God will shelter me.” – Psalm 94:22. I take comfort in knowing that no matter what is going on in my life, God will provide a place for me to land.
Challenge: see if you can count the number of creatures found in the painting!