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Topic: Personal Peace (06/01/06)
TITLE: QUIET WATERS
By Amy Nicholson
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“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.” (NIV Ps. 23:1-3)
I was slightly embarrassed. This was a new experience for me.
“I’ve never done this before,” I said, blushing.
“Don’t worry. You’ll do fine,” she assured me as she gently laid her hand on my shoulder.
As we walked in silence around the pond behind her house, I searched for the most beautiful, most romantic location. Once I had decided on a spot, she left me to do what I had come there to do.
I was already leaving the busyness of home behind me, but it was not until I began to sketch the scene before me that I really let my mind drift. I drew a simple outline of the pond’s edge and the trees. Then my friend came back over to me.
Since I would be using a “wet on wet” method for painting my watercolor, she showed me how to get the entire paper wet in preparation for the paint. She immersed the paper in the pond! I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! What fun! She even used the glass table top beside me as a palette! How could I worry about bills and kids and broken windshield wipers when I was painting on tables and dipping my paper into the pond?
So I sat for 2 ½ hours considering light and form. I chatted with a frog. I listened to the birds. At the end of my open art class, my friend asked me if I had thought of any negative stuff the whole time that I was there. I had to think…No! Not at all! For 2 ½ hours I had not had a single negative thought. I had even welcomed the sprinkling rain.
I had want for nothing. I had just delighted in the creation and, in so doing, I had delighted in the Creator. He had led me beside those quiet waters. He had restored my soul.
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