Wednesday, April 9, 2014

"Easter" Daisy!

11" X 24" Oil on Linen Panel
Not for sale

Easter is less than two weeks away, and here in the Midwest, we have still been snuggled up in our homes, continuing to experience gray days and threats of snow storms.  It has been an exceptionally difficult season weather-wise, causing some of us to succumb to the winter doldrums and even depression.  But God is beginning to sneak in some beautiful spring-like days that give us hope of better days to come.

As we near Easter Sunday, we look forward to colorful eggs - chocolate ones too, of course - family gatherings, new dresses, and yummy food.  But we also ponder the reason we celebrate – that of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Wow – risen from the dead and seated at the right hand of the Father, living to intercede for us!  Nothing short of a miracle – something only God could do. 

And if we happen to forget, God will make sure we notice His life-giving powers, as we see green sprigs emerging through the brown, buds on the tips of bare-branched trees, blooms from the crocus and daffodil bulbs planted long ago - even more “spring” in our steps!

This painting is of my little friend, Daisy.  The morning after I attended an art workshop on Painting Children last fall, I saw her performing her hula hoop in her grandma's driveway.  Full of inspiration, I seized the moment.  You may think that no big deal – a normal occurrence – and for most it is  But Daisy is a living example of just one of God’s life-transforming miracles.  It is through much persistent prayer and years of perseverance that she is here and living a normal, everyday life in a loving, God-centered family – to Him be the glory! 

If you need a "miracle", if you need "new life" - please know that we serve a God who can do just that.  May the celebration of His resurrection give you hope. 

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and 
His courts with praise; 
Give thanks to Him and 
Praise His name.”  Psalm 100:4