33 Dots: Balance
I am still challenging myself to draw 33 random dots on paper; then connect the dots without intersecting any lines; then paint. Today it turned out to be the theme of balance.
This challenge has me inspired. I never know what I will see.
This time was very different. I couldn’t see anything for a while. First I saw a foot but it looked like it was stepping on the head. Why would someone be stepping on a head? I didn’t like that. I saw the little dog but wondered what he was doing up there at the top of the page.
Step 1: Connect the dots to make contour lines.
Do you see anything? I turned it around and around but kept coming back a foot, a head and a dog. At one time I thought I saw a whale’s tale but there was no whale.
Step 2: See if I can make anything out of this.
As I looked at my rough sketch I changed the bows on the triangle on the dog to make it a real bow. I erased some lines and added some.
Step 3: Draw with micron pen and paint.
This is the final outcome.
Step 4: See where God leads my thoughts.
This year is the first time I have found a balance of how to write, paint and enjoy retirement. I have focused on God for the past 17 years but have been balancing ten times more things that I had to.
To me I have learned balance by learning to focus on the one thing I heard God say to me. And that was: “Encourage believers to read their Bibles and pray.”
That also has led me to try Bible journaling and getting out of my shell and talking and listening to others. God is teaching me to become a spiritual mentor.
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Listen to God:
In this study of 33 dots, Instead of just “painting” listen God before I paint. He helps me connect the dots. Then after I paint I see what He shows me – the meaning of my painting. By doing the 33 dots challenge it forces me to trust God and it makes me look, and create.
What this painting means to me:
The person at the bottom (me) is learning to carry a heavy load as well as balance a dog on a poll. I think the standing person represents my work in writing and painting. It is steady on its own. The little dog is the rest of my life. It moves around so I have to watch it carefully so it doesn’t topple. But it’s the fun part. Even though my “work” of painting and writing is delightful I can also take fun in the other people in my life and the experiences around me.
And the Holy Spirit helps keep all things in balance.
Notice how the person at the bottom is looking forward. And that’s where I am looking. Not down or up but following God on the path He is leading me. My word for this year is “Go Forth” and as I pray and listen to God I am willing to change my direction. The things I am balancing are light because Jesus is right beside me or should I say inside me.
Jesus is my strength. He leads and guides me. I do what He tells and shows me. I listen.
Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)
“The heart of man plans his way,
but the Lord establishes his steps.”
Are you struggling to find more time with God? Where is your path headed? Do you want to feel His strength in your life?
CALL TO ACTION
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