Heaven is Home by Elizabeth Snyder, 24×32 oil on canvas, art student at Louisiana Tech
Scenes of paradise haunt our thoughts as we long for the arrival of spring. Our hearts are searching the landscape for even the slightest hint of green and our skin is thirsty for the warmth of the sun. Still we must wait a little while longer with ever greater anticipation of its arrival.
Rich beauty….refreshment…escape….these are the things that attract my soul. We often find examples of Jesus needing refreshment. He frequently needed to pull back from the crowds that were pressing on him and find time to be alone…to rest and to pray in quiet solitude.
And so why can’t we seem to find the knack of having a day of rest?
Our Sundays grow ever more crowded with activities and chores and we imagine that somehow we are going to get ahead if we just take advantage of the extra free time.
I love this painting by Elizabeth Snyder, an art student at Louisiana Tech, I can see her express her heart’s desire of “Heaven is Home.” Let it inspire us this week to renew our Sunday as the Lord’s Day. A day where we can rest our hearts in the warmth of the knowledge of our Lord.
As the Psalmist writes:
“How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. …Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.” Psalms 84: 1-2,5
For a pilgrimage of the heart this week:
- Enjoy the moment and tell yourself that tomorrow’s tasks will take care of themselves. Matthew 5: 34
- Reflect on all the wonderful blessings in your life that are from God. Philippians 2:13
- Celebrate that you are a child of God wonderfully made. Ephesians 5:8
- Look with wonder at God’s creation around you and try something new. Be curious! Psalms 48: 1-2
- Sing to the Lord, for He is good….”Clap your hands….shout to God with cries of joy. How awesome is the Lord Most High the great King over all the earth!” Psalm 47:1-2
This week’s music video features music by British composer John Tavener who just died this past November. Listen for how he expertly crafts a melody that captures the dream like quality of this 1789 poem by William Blake.
The melody begins with just the women as they ask a question…the question is haunting and it is dissonant.
“Little Lamb, who made thee? Does thou know who made thee?”
Listen then as he gives depth and warmth to the voices as they give the answer. He reveals the meaning of life in this very simply presentation that glows inside our hearts.
“For He calls Himself the Lamb. He is meek, and He is mild, He became a little child.”
“I a child, and thou a lamb, we are called by His name.”
Let the warmth of these harmonies take your heart on a journey.
May the realization of this fill your dreams and bless your week:)
And pray for some warmer temperatures!