Many times we direct our thoughts outward to view a world that is chaotic and out of control – filled with daily challenges that press upon us with the possibility of catastrophic consequences that loom over us waiting to crush us under their weight.
Things do happen.
People can be suddenly ripped from our lives — jobs can be eliminated over night with a stroke of a pen — and people do get the feared diagnosis —
Things do happen.
But then, most times — they don’t.
And yet we forget to notice how God is carrying us safely within his hands.
I believe that realizing this in the best of times and even in the quiet times will help me to better prepare for the worst of times. There will always be wars and rumors of wars, but practicing my faith means that I ultimately believe that nothing can separate me from the love of God. ~ (see Romans 8: 31-39)
So whether it is the best of times or worst of times or something in-between, don’t forget to stop and rest in His care. As we daily remember to tap into these thoughts, we are accessing His divine power and giving our attention to God as our source of peace.
Over the next several weeks I will be exploring topics surrounding our need to live more “Out of Control/ Into God’s Hands.“
I hope you will join me and comment on the things that resonate with you.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. ~ Proverbs 3: 5-6
The below description of the painting is from the Tate Gallery posted on Wikimedia Commons.
“This was painted at the moment in Kandinsky’s career when he was living in Germany, near Munich, and moving rapidly from a form of Expressionism towards Abstraction. It was acquired by the Tate Gallery in 1938 and in a letter to a friend not long after, Kandinsky wrote ‘an American woman living in London has bought a pre-war painting from me and presented it to the Tate Gallery in London! It is the first truly modern painting in the famous museum in London.
The ‘traces of “the object” ‘ which Kandinsky mentions are as follows:
- “In the upper left portion of the picture are two horses rearing up against each other, their front legs interlocking.
- Each has a Cossack (Russian cavalry) rider wearing a tall fur hat which Kandinsky has here painted orange-red.
- Each is swinging a long curved sabre, painted mauve.
- Below the horses is a rainbow bridging a valley, and to the left of that, what appear to be two batteries of guns, one of which is firing, producing a cloud of red and orange flame.
- On the other side of the valley is a building suggesting a fortress and below it are three more Cossacks again distinguishable by their orange hats.
- Two of them carry long black lances and the third has his arm extended and is leaning on his sabre.
- A flock of birds flies agitatedly in the sky.”
This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 70 years or less.
“faithful reproductions of two-dimensional public domain works of art are public domain“. This photographic reproduction is therefore also considered to be in the public domain in the United States. In other jurisdictions, re-use of this content may be restricted; see Reuse of PD-Art photographs for details.