LIFE RIGHT NOW ◽ YOU
March means spring is officially here. It also means comfortable, beautiful weather, give or take a few abnormal weather days, bluebonnet season, spring cleaning (if you’re into that), spring break if you are a student or teacher (I’m the latter), and new paintings for the collage wall.
Back in December, a little before Christmas, I started a little project. There was this large, blank wall in the living room that needed something on it. My little sister had just given us some of her unused picture frames and I thought to myself, “Why not make a photo collage?” So I set about putting it together. I included several of the picture frames of varying sizes, two paintings on small canvases, a red berry wreath, and a small framed chalk board for a verse to be written on. My plan was to change out the photos occasionally, change the paintings and wreath seasonally, and change the verse whenever God leads.
The paintings on display for the winter season were snowy scenes. I’m well aware that snow in central Texas is almost as rare as a spotted zebra, so I have to get a glimpse of it somehow, even if it doesn’t compare to the real stuff.
However, lo and behold, we got a dusting of snow last month! I bet you can guess this Texas native was beyond happy to see the white stuff. I’m also well aware that if I lived somewhere with a bunch of snow I would probably feel differently, but as of now that is not the case. I remain in an almost constant state of hopefulness for snow in the winter months here in Texas.
Now that spring is here, guess what I will be painting on the two canvases for the collage wall? You guessed it. Flowers! But not just any flowers, Texas wildflowers, of course. I’m a very proud Texan if you haven’t already gathered. I’ve told God that if ever I were to move out of the state of Texas, He would have to speak very clearly to me to do so, because right now I can’t imagine living anywhere else.
I really enjoy painting. I was thinking of how much God must’ve enjoyed creating the world. I have read the creation story countless times and I have always thought that creating the world was like a chore for God because it said he rested after He was finished. Chores are tiring, right? Now I’m under the impression that it may have still been tiring, but instead of a chore, it was an enjoyable, even fun, task for Him. I think He really enjoyed creating all the fantastic, beautiful things we see today, like the wildflowers I will represent in my spring collage.
Isaiah 43:19 says,
“See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
This verse is the next verse going up on the chalkboard. It is speaking about how God will make a way for His people, us, and that “way” He knew was going to be Jesus.
I was able to listen to some speakers at a conference held last month, and one of them spoke something that resonated with me. She was asking God to show her the way, to give her a sign. As she was driving down the road she saw a literal sign that said, “Jesus is the way maker.” She went on to say, “I don’t know what impossible you are begging God for right now, but Jesus sent me to give you a sign. You have a way maker. Surrender to God and He will make a way.”
It all comes down to asking myself, “Do I trust the Way Maker?” I do! Even though I may lose my way at times or things distract me from Him, I trust that God is always working and working for my good...and all of that goodness is going up on my wall this spring!