Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Flowers of the Grass and Other Ponderings

"For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass;
its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. 
So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits." 
James 1: 11 ESV

Daunting words.  I'm studying the book of James with a group from my church using Beth Moore's latest study guide: "James - Mercy Triumphs."  This time Beth threw out a challenge to memorize the book of James.  What?!?!  It's not required, but I was drawn to the challenge.  My normal thinking is that I cannot possibly do that.  Previous attempts to memorize topical verses has not been a great success.  I haven't disciplined myself to keep reviewing the verses to keep them fresh.  Occasionally, by the grace of God, a verse will come to mind when I need it.  So how did I think I could memorize a whole book of the Bible, let alone a chapter?

With God all things are possibleSeek, Ask, Find.

And by HIS grace, I have memorized chapter 1 and have my foot firmly planted into the beginning of chapter 2.

What happens to your mind when you are memorizing a complete passage is pure blessing.
It is joy.

Something else happens.  The Word is alive in all aspects of your life in a new way. Even art making.

I skimmed through my image files looking for something that I could enhance with Kim Klassen's Simplicity Texture.  (Be sure to follow the link to Kim's site where each week she shares a texture.)
I was attracted to a group of images I shot one late autumn that were inspired by silhouettes and textures at a local park, and I hoped to use the shots for painting references.
The "Dead Heads" gave me a great digital palette.  The sky was a vast blank of nothingness.  Most of the detail of the image was lost to shadow, though not a perfect silhouette, giving me lost and found edges.

As I made adjustments to the image, cropped it and applied the texture layers, I remembered the Word that has been scrolling through my mind and falling from my lips over and over...

"Like a flower of the grass, he will pass away..."  James 1: 10b ESV.

I am reminded to share my blessings.


Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey said...

Beautiful Regina. Thanks for the inspiration to memorize scripture. I am going to give it a try.
Hugs and blessings.

juliakulish/ art speaking said...

Lovely! and I love that scripture reference!

Michelle said...

Regina, beautiful image and lovely post. My goodness this is popping up everywhere I turn to memorize scripture...Purpose driving life is focusing on it, Ann over at a holy experience is focusing on it, now Beth Moore....Congrats on Chapter 1, good luck on 2

Anonymous said...

LOVE the post. I am studying James with a group as well, we've been challenged to memorize pearls along the way.

Keep listening to His inspiration! xoxox, Chickie Sis

PJ said...

Very much enjoyed your post today! I have 'never' been able to memorize scripture..I have tried..it's as if I have a huge block. Lately, I've done some pen and ink with a written scripture next to it. I'm enjoying that idea for now!

Paula said...

This is beautiful; what a treasure it would be to print it out, frame it, and hang it. There's truly something special about it. Congratulations, friend!