The above painting was inspired by our first hurricane evacuation after moving here to Georgia about five years ago. It’s not hurricane season yet, but it looks like we might get our first spring thunderstorm tonight. The sky is ominous. Two of my family members are on their way home, so I hope they get in before the rain starts.
Below is a video I’ve shared before of me singing “How Great Thou Art”, the hymn in the painting video. I always feel the inspiration of these lyrics when a storm rolls in.
These are tough times. Every day can feel like a storm, even if the skies are sunny. Whatever you’re facing today, please know that you are not alone. I’m still reeling from the shock of a few things- such as the sudden death that occurred on our recent wedding anniversary- serendipitously, the death was our young ringbearer (grown up, but still too young)! I want to talk more about this, but I really must respect that the family may stumble upon my blog and I don’t want to cause them any distress. I will say this: I am deeply saddened and I wish the news weren’t true.
Grief is a storm. Any of you going through grief, it’s a dangerous and frightening time of emotional chaos, and a surreal view of what it means to be alive. And just like a storm, the worst of it ends, leaving behind a spiritual mess to sift through. It can take years to feel a sense of normal again, and some losses can never be recovered. Every life matters, and every heart matters when a life is lost. I find it helpful to make it a mission to live my life to the very fullest- out of respect for those who can no longer be here, while I’m still here, still alive another day.
As I typed that last line, a beautiful cardinal is sitting on the patio bird feeder. He’s taking his time nibbling seeds and making eye contact with me as I sit here clacking away at the keyboard in view of the glass patio doors. Now he’s closer! I don’t think he will let me take a pic of him. He’s drinking from the bird bath and staring right at me! Darn, I reached for my phone to take a pic and he flew away. Didn’t think he’d let me do that. I have to stand from the side and take photos of the wild birds when they can’t see me. Well, you’ll just have to imagine him there. Moments like these validate everything good, don’t they? That cardinal is alive. And seeing him made me happy.
God bless you and keep you, this day and always. We are here for a reason.
People have been very quiet this weekend. I hope it’s because you’ve all been living your lives and not because you’re feeling too discouraged to connect. Today feels like a good time to re-share “How Great Thou Art”. This song comforts me when I’m down. Maybe it will lift your spirits too?
Tomorrow begins a new work week. I’d like to finish a painting I started last week and I’d also planned on beginning the taping of my new show, but there’s an inspection I have to prepare for. It wouldn’t be a good time to make a new mess, especially since the green screen hangs from the ceiling and is rather unsightly vinyl. I’m frustrated by the many delays I’ve had in starting the show, but I trust that the right timing will happen and it will all fall into place.
Whatever your plans are for the week ahead, may you feel productive, optimistic and confident that the future is better than the present and your plans will succeed. If you have anything you’re anxious about- like an inspection or something worse- let it all work out to a good outcome. God bless and keep you, may His face shine upon you and give you peace.