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Hidden Lake Watercolor – It is Well with My Soul

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Driving home and not intending on stopping, something told me it was deeply necessary. Necessary because the world depends on it? Well, no. But rather necessary because my soul needed it. It’s been a while.

But I don’t have time!
Stop.
But I’m expected home right now!
Stop anyway.

With art supplies in the back seat, I was able to focus on this scene and contemplate nature…the way the horizon looks a tinge peach even though I am facing east and it’s an hour from sunset…the way the dried golden grasses reflect in the water…the way the tiny foreground tree has tiny gnarly twigs…
And suddenly it is well with my soul.

I am learning lately to relinquish control and listen to that still small voice. I cannot fail if I trust in God even if I cannot fully see the situation. Today was a favorable situation and I enjoyed my quick impromptu painting, but can I still have that same positive attitude with a less favorable condition? Do I trust? Can I let go of control? Will it still be well with my soul?

Now that would be some kind of faith.

To trust in God, to trust He has a plan even when things don’t go my way or perhaps when suffering is involved, if total control is relinquished, that’s not only courageous faith, but peace and freedom too. And that faith will not go unaided, for He said:
“My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”
2 Cor 12:9

Amen.

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Help in Troubled Times – Free Artwork – Afraid (true story)

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This is a true story.

About a month ago I was given a verse by my mom, who believed God wanted me to have it. It went something like this…. Because you trust in Me, I will help you…
It may have been this one:
“Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You.”  Ps 9:10

You see, at the time when I read it, it wasn’t relevant to me. I didn’t even write it down. I thought it was nice but that’s it.

Fast Forward one month later and I am hiking at Rocky Mountain National Park  in Colorado, 12,000 feet high. The day was beautiful but suddenly, out of nowhere, a storm developed over the mountain ridge. Miles away from my destination I found myself being the tallest thing around, concerned, and clearly on my mind, oh yes, the article my boss gave me before I left for vacation, about the 3 hikers dying after being struck by lightning at this same park.

I turned around walking quickly in a steady drizzle, when a bright flash of light illuminated everything and immediately a piercing crack of thunder clapped above my head.

That’s it. I’m toast. I’m dead, I thought, for real this time.

I joke about it now, but I was very scared. So scared of being struck by lightning, it triggered a panic attack to which I could not be consoled. It was a full blown panic attack. Tears were involved, I have to admit. I became very lightheaded trying to breath normal, but it had nothing to do with the altitude. It was fear.

After saying a prayer, that verse repeated in my head.

THAT VERSE!

That’s why I received that verse! So I repeated out loud, “Because I trust in YOU, because I trust in You, because I trust in You…”

A physical calm washed over me. The tears stopped. I was able to breath. And I KNEW I was going to be okay. I still practically ran back, but I knew I was going to be okay.

That’s how God works… in very mysterious ways. He knew that verse was going to be relevant for me exactly when I was going to need it. He delivered to me a message before the event and helped recall it in my memory exactly when I needed it. He’s alive and He really does love us.

This artwork is a free gift to you in a pdf format. Maybe it can help.
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Perhaps you don’t know anything about God but would like to know more? You can click here to read. Having peace.