Sunday Stillness – Luke 8:17

Sunday Stillness – Luke 8:17

Watercolour by Janis Cox 2013


For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open (Luke 8:17, NIV).

God knows it all. Why do we try to hide? This Kingfisher uses camouflage to hide in the bushes. It is a safety measure. If we are not to fear, then we do not need to hide.

This year let’s be more open to God. Let’s be more open to our Christian friends. Let’s share the struggles and the joy in the midst of the struggles.

Many blessings for the New Year. Hope to continue to write for Him.


If we are not to fear, then we do not need to hide.



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  1. What a great verse to go with this picture! The bird is almost camouflaged, but like with the Lord, cannot be hidden! Love this…”This year, let’s be more open to God…” May we all take this to heart! Blessings to you!
    Ann @ Christ in the Clouds

    1. Thanks Ann, There is quite the story to go with this watercolour. It is a batik and I used the wrong marker so it bled; I had to go over with more wax; then go against the “rules” and paint after it was done.

  2. The image is gorgeous and compliments the scripture so well. No half stepping, no hiding. Authentic and transparent. This is the hope. Thanks for sharing and Happy Ne Year Janis! I’m your neighbor at The Weekend Brew!

  3. Your art is so beautiful, Janis! It is true that everything is visible for God, He knows all things – it’s also a relief, knowing there is no reason to hide things … let us be more open, an share – encourage and be engouraged! Wishing you a Happy and Blessed New Year!

    1. Nina,
      Openness is something I had to learn. I had barricaded myself up from others and from God. God helped me become more authentic to Him and others.

  4. Thank you for sharing the story of the Kingfisher! This stunning watercolor drew me right in, and now I see this carefully paired verse with fresh eyes.

    Your post speaks to a Psalm I’ve been studying: “O Lord, you have searched me thoroughly and have known me. You know my downsitting and my uprising; You understand my thought afar off…You are acquainted with all my ways…. Where could I go from Your Spirit? Or where could I flee from Your presence? If I ascend up into heaven, You are there; if I make make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.” (Psalm 139:1-3,7-8.)

    God bless you this New Year, Janis. Thank you for the challenge to live authentically before the Lord and others, in good times and bad.


  5. Praise God I don’t hide from Him any longer. He knows me full well, and I rejoice that even with all He knows He still loves me unconditionally. Where can I go but to Him? Thanks, Janis, for hosting. May God’s grace and love surround you in 2014.

  6. Dear Janis
    I think transparency is essential to having an intimate relationship with Jesus. Like a bride that sheds all her clothes for her groom on their wedding night, we need to shed all ours.
    Blessings XX

    1. Agreed Mia,
      As soon as I was transparent before the Lord He started to speak to me and I started to listen to Him. Praise Him for His faithfulness and patience.

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