Just above the water, swallows chase each other under the bridge. A Baltimore Oriole makes a quick appearance, then disappears into a sea of green. The wind is strong, but the temperature is warm and a rush sounds in between the leaves.
I sit and make a quick sketch. Simple color and simple shapes. I let my mind float away on the next breeze.
I started a new MeetUp group called, Through Christ Who Strengthens. Not only do we visit multiple forest preserves to paint nature, but we discuss a topic of struggle in life and how to overcome them. Running to scripture and renewing our minds is a key strategy in overcoming life’s difficulties. When we are done with our watercolor sketches, we add a scripture verse pertaining to the struggle.
The group painting.
Our beautiful artwork.
Everyone chose a different scripture verse pertaining to worry. Now, the next time we worry, we can look at our sketches and read our verses. Someday the group will make some encouraging artwork for others too.
So, if you live in the Chicago area and would like to sketch with us and learn how to defeat life’s struggles with scripture, find us here.
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East Branch DuPage River
A mild temperature cultivates an ideal setting for wildlife. There seems to be no end this day, as I notice abundant wildlife everywhere. Sitting next to the quiet river, a gaggle of geese tranquilly bobs up and down. Suddenly, half of them take flight for reasons unknown. The heavy beats of their wings splashes the top of the water, creating excitement like electricity in the once quiet air. I watch in slow motion as they accelerate in height as well as speed.
Looking up, a kettle of hawks glide on the thermals spiraling downward. Some screech as they glide making this human envious of their freedom.
Deer litter the field along the trail. They are hesitant while staring at me, feeling me out. They are quiet, gentle giants, giving me the benefit of the doubt. If I take a step forward, they take a step further, then stare. Step. Stare. Step. Stare. We perform this dance in nature between human and beast. Another dance takes place above as a male cardinal chases a female from twig to twig. The flash of red catches my eye, red against the brown of winter.
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Red-wing blackbird parks above my head…That watchful eye focused on me while repeating mild warning calls. check, check, check
His shoulder badge bears witness to his duty as forerunner, he’s obligated I suppose.
But to the dragonflies, they pay no mind…darting, chasing, they zip within inches of me.
And to the fish, they pay no mind…springing out and doing belly flops right next to me.
So too those mosquitoes outright laugh as they happily munch on me.
Therefore red-wing, step down. There is no danger here. Step down.
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