"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 possible. Seek, 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.