Friday, September 3, 2010

Unexpected Sabbath


Last week, I linked up with Jennifer, but I kinda didn't read the reason for the link up (so, so sorry, Jennifer) and I just posted the link to my last blog entry.

But isn't it so interesting how God uses our mistakes to get our attention?  Last week, I blogged about God calling me to engage in the Sabbath -- a time not to work, to do something that was worshipful to God and pleasurable to me.  And, as I was lamenting my mistake, I had this very strange pull toward charcoal pencils and a sketch book.  Draw, He said.  In this creation, you will find Me.

There was definitely choice involved here.  Work and ignore God or draw and take a sabbath (or a 30 minute one, at least).  As I stated last week, I'm just not really into hurting God's feelings on purpose and so I simply told Him, Yes, I will come.  The second choice was whether or not to actually do what He asked told me to do.  Why was He bidding me to draw?  I am not what you would call an accomplished artist.  Sure, I did some paintings in college, but the word artist doesn't really apply.  I don't regularly seek refuge in a studio, amongst paints, clay, and brushes.  It is outside my normal, routine behavior.  There would simply be no real purpose behind me drawing.

Oh.  Right. 

The Sabbath is supposed to look different from my normal, everyday life.  The purpose here is simply pleasure.  There is no end goal (gasp!), there is no right way to do it, perfection is not required.  I thought about the tools that I selected with which to draw.  Blank sketch book paper and charcoal pencils.  It's easy to draw with charcoal -- with just a quick run down a line, I can create shadows and depth (or at least I can try).  It's easy to hide my mistakes and does not require the precision of a graphite pencil.  I can still erase errant lines, thank goodness.   Upon that blank piece of paper, I can be unguarded.  I can slowly loosen up and release.  I can let myself go, unworried about the final product, about not measuring up, about not having everything. just. so.



This freedom, I think, has a place in my relationship with Jesus.  He is the eraser of my sins.  He can run His finger down the lines in my life and produce depth.  He can use the lines that I at first thought were mistakes to bring a glorious new element to my piece. 

And so, in the unexpected, tangible items of this world -- a charcoal pencil, an eraser, and blank pieces of paper -- I found rest.  I found Him.


I'm linking up all over the place today (because there are just SO many fabulous people in this blog world).  Check out Andrea's Caffeinated Randomness, Rachel's Home Sanctuary, and Jennifer's Sneak Peek Friday.

StudioJRU

25 comments :

  1. Well, Jen, I think you are "something else." What an impressive writer and what an impressive artist. And, the combined two in today's post were just stirring. It truly is so amazing how God can use anything He so desires to speak to us and show us His ways. Good for you for being so "in tune" and listening to Him as He spoke.

    "Super duber" blessings to you!

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  2. Whoa, some deep thoughts there...thanks! Hope your weekend is great!

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  3. What a great "picture" of spending time with Jesus! Thank you for sharing, once again.

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  4. I'm glad you were willing to listen...and di His bidding. It really is the best thing for us isn't it?

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  5. It's so funny (strange actually) how we shy away from what He calls us to do, when it's always for our benefit!

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  6. Hi there Company Girl! :)
    It's so true, sometimes we don't realise that we can reconnect with God in the simple things. Your pictures are beautiful... you have inspired me! I think I'd like to get back to drawing, be still and reflect and pray and draw... sounds like the perfect sabbath rest.
    Thank you for sharing this, God bless you.
    Have a beautiful day!

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  7. In some ways, I think we connect best with God when we are creative - tapping into that incredible imagination, reflecting part of Who He is. The particular medium doesn't matter, just the freedom to try.

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  8. Beautiful words! Thanks for that encouragement today :-) May you continue to find freedom

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  9. I love your thoughts involved with your drawings!!! Such a beautiful way to correlate God and art. Thank you for sharing!

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  10. I love how He reveals Himself when we unguard ourselves.

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  11. Beautiful Post! Thank you for sharing such sweet sentiments through your work..it brought me such joy this morning.

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  12. Wow! I love your work. What a great analogy! Beautiful thoughts! Thanks for sharing them.
    Have a great weekend!
    LydiaCate

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  13. Beautiful sneak peeks and great analogy with your wonderful thoughts!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  14. Wow, girl. You just ooze talent, don't you?

    Beautiful writing and beautiful drawings. Thank you for sharing your heart!

    And thank you for your prayers...:)

    Natalie at Mommy on Fire
    http://www.mommyonfire.com

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  15. beautiful!!! thank you for sharing how the Lord is at work in your life! that is very exciting. :)

    Alesha

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  16. You are very talented. It's amazing how God asks us to do things that put us out of our comfort zones.

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  17. Love, love, love the art. Glad you took the time to do it (stopping is so tough sometimes) and thankful you decided to share.

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  18. love your drawings! and i also love black fingers after drawing.... i miss doing that. you may have inspired me!

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  19. No problem Jen... so glad to take a peek at what you are creating! Gorgeous! I am so glad you found rest and found HIM. Great post! I love the feel of charcoal on paper... it is wonderful! :)

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  20. Love the post and the drawing. I have had Sabbath rest put on my heart lately too. I have been reading and praying about how best to make this a regular observance for me. It is so necessary...really we are called to this. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Great thoughts and great art!! Thanks for sharing with us. I think most of us need to learn more about keeping the/a Sabbath.

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  22. Oh...this was...I am speechless or wordless, I should say, for a descriptive word of how I feel.

    Just like last week, I am wishing we could sit together and visit in person. I have only visited your blog twice. Both times, I am blessed down in the depths of my core. Both times, I feel like I am reading myself. I love that you hear Him like that. I do too.

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  23. This is my first time to visit ... such peace to share, so graceful and willing. Such peace did I feel ... Thank you

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  24. Thanks for stopping by Jen! Sabbaths sometimes come in seasons too, and so I'm glad you're catching some 'moments' when you can. :) I look forward to visiting/reading more!

    Amy
    http://worshipwhileiwait.blogspot.com

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  25. Hi Jen! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm new to expanding around to other bloggers and am just fascinated by how much God has used it in my life these days. It is so encouraging to read how God is working in other women's lives and I really enjoyed reading your post. I look forward to reading more in the future! :)
    Lindsey

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