Today was a very Monday day.... I don't think I approached my sketchbook time with quite the right spirit, and it ended up showing in todays spread I think. Kind of bummed how this one turned out.
Psalm 126: 4-6
"Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
Like streams in the Negev.
Those who sow in tears , will reap with songs of joy.
He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him."
This has been a rough couple of weeks for me. I wish I could fast forward past all this, and get to the songs of joy part and skip all the weeping. But the promise here that I love is that everything is just a season - time will pass, things will change, we are not bound to weeping. Earlier in this passage, it talks about the joy of the people returning to Zion. There is a deep yearning in my heart to see things put to right, to see the happy ending, and to tie life up in a neat little bow. I really want to make things neat and simple and tidy. But the reason these people are reaping songs of joy is that they have walked through the sorrow, and are seeing God's promises they waited so long for being fulfilled.
Today I drew a few items from around my apartment as a still life. I tend to pick up sticks that I think are pretty, and consequently I have several curly willow branches. I liked the illustration of them - that even though they were the parts that got pruned off, even they can be made beautiful, just like the painful process of God pruning out parts of our lives leads to greater fulfillment of his promises. I also included some of my dried flowers - which even in death fulfill their purpose of blooming. I contrasted these with a vase of new flowers that are still alive, trying to show a difference, and that even as things die, new life and hope remain.