It was a beautiful day and our painting group, the Plein Air Peeps, set out for one of our outdoor adventures. You never really know how these outdoor painting days will go but our sights were set on the Dallas Arboretum. Fall was in the air. There was potential for great color but also the risks of afternoon showers, so we had to act fast. I think there were eight or nine of us that day. Once we arrived, we all split up and spread throughout the Arboretum. I know each artist found the exact right spot for their painting - that is the way it goes with painting, sometimes it works to stick together and sometimes it does not. We painted fast and the day was a success. We completed our paintings before the rain began to fall and finished with a very nice lunch on a covered patio at the Arboretum.
One of the things that I enjoy about painting is the freedom to think about other things while I paint. I often use this time as my quiet time with God. I find a devotional aspect while observing nature. I slow down and really look at nature around me. I am always amazed at the colors God puts together. This day, I found a small stream bordered by walls of stone and hovering over-head were the strong plums and deep reds of colored trees with a hazy grey-blue sky behind them, muting the green trees. The colors popped beautifully. The small stream below called to mind the Bible verse:
The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the LORD, he guides it wherever he pleases. Proverb 21:1 NLT.
I think this verse can really apply to me as well as any king. Strong walls of stone guide this stream in the painting, and in the same way the strong hands of God guide my heart. God lovingly moves me in the direction that He wants me to go. If I follow God’s lead, I will see beauty in the life that He has planned out for me. My prayer is that I will not resist the direction that God desires for me but that I will easily go with God’s flow and enjoy the ride that He has prepared for me to see.
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