Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Seek First

Seek First
Today I am thinking about the principle of putting aside worries and anxiety about many, many circumstances (weather, fuel prices, family and friends in need, world unrest, etc.) and putting these things in the hands of the One Who can care for each one of them. While I may be unable to help many in need (the CAR in Africa and unrest in the Ukraine, for example), I know Who can. 

In the painting, there are busy, competing circles and colors, but my hope is that the overall composition is pleasing. I want to communicate the idea of presenting the busyness to the Master Artist, God the Creator, in order to have order and beauty come from from it all. 

Here is the passage I am thinking about:

Matthew 6:25 - 33 (AMP) Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater than food, and the body than clothing?

26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?

27 And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life?
28 And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.
29 Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these.
30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?
32 For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.
33 But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.

6" x 11" acrylic on panel

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