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This is an oil pastel original. This piece captures the feelings of me, the artist, as I go through an extremely difficult trial for a significant amount of time. I seem to be pressed on all sides and irritable from the constant struggle, yet, when I look at it it seems that the rough, sharp edges were softened.
This seems to represent the refining and purification process from the Holy Spirit. He turns the bad things into something beautiful-softens our heart, gives us strength, endurance, patience, character, integrity. At times the suffering may seem too much, but if you're going through some difficult times, remind yourself of the prize you'll receive at the end, whether in this lifetime or later in heaven (or both). You can make it through. You're not alone. You have a helper and a Savior who is constantly there, always available to you, always ready to move on your behalf, always listening-even if it doesn't seem like it, even if you don't get what you want. Be willing to step out in faith and trust that God has your best interest at heart. He wouldn't let you go through something difficult unless it was absolutely necessary or a result of sin, but either way its because he loves you and wants to make you strong and pure-to build your faith, to reveal a deeper level of who He is and of his power to sustain you. You may not feel that great, you may think your faith is waivering, but he is seeing that you are willing to yield to him and He is seeing what you will become, and what you have already become. He is seeing something beautiful. He made you in his image. He knows what He is doing!
February 10th, 2010
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