On a recent trip to France I made a startling discovery, as I wandered down narrow cobblestone lanes lined with beautifully potted hanging baskets of brightly colored flowers, clear blue skies, quaint wooden store signs hanging on curved iron arms above, I could actually picturing myself living here. I was only there on vacation. I had signed up for a traveling art workshop with one of my art favorite teachers, Nancy Medina. Our small group was staying at a restored convent (yes, a place that nuns used to live!) called Le Vieux Couvant. It had been converted into a B&B and I was smitten. The convent was simply charming with old stone walls, blue shutters on every window, winding vines and gardens. And a very old church sat across the street with a bell tower and all that still chimed on the hour. It was like stepping back in time. Nancy and Carlos, Nancy’s husband, made everyone feel very welcomed. At one point, Nancy asked each of us to peek our head out the window and she took a picture of us and that is the window with blue shutters in my painting of the French Window with Blue Shutters. In the photo, I am actually in the picture. The picture is featured on another page on my website. While I was there and walking about this tiny French village, I often looked for different spots to inspire my devotional time with God. When I saw this window it called to mind the verse:
Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. Matthew 6:22 NLT
This is the same verse that inspired the saying, “Your eye is the window to your Soul” which for me also meant my heart. I believe that our eyes are the windows to our hearts and minds. Not only can people see how we feel through the expressions in our eyes, but we can observe and process what we see in order to guide our behaviors. The blue shutters in the painting are bright and beautiful, surrounded by pretty flowers and vines. They can also be closed, in order to keep out anything dangerous or negative. Aren’t our eyes much like this French Window with Blue Shutters? When open we can take in all the beauty that the Lord has to offer, and He will fill us with light. The shutters are also a reminder to guard our eyes and what we see, because it can affect our hearts and minds.
My prayer is that I will be devoted to filling my heart with His words daily, and be filled with the light that only He can give.
Does the French Window with Blue Shutters have a place in your heart and home?
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