Time to rest and be still.

I had a slow start to the day, as it is my day off. With the beautiful sunshine it seemed best to go for morning walk rather than wait until the afternoon. So I went along the bank of the river mulling things over. Not easy to switch off from work so decided the only way I could do that would be to immerse myself in something.

That ‘something’ was an art lesson video plus lunch and then the final episode of a psychological thriller I’d been watching on Netflix. Brilliant – I would recommend Behind Her Eyes. It had a great twist at the end.

My prayer and art time was without the art today. I just wasn’t in the mood for it. I finished reading Mark’s gospel and then looked at the #Live Lent reflection.

LiveLent: Week 1 – Catching Up with God. This Friday’s theme is ‘The Lost Son’.

The bible reading is the prodigal son from Luke 15:11-32

The music the reflection plays in the background is Dear Lord and Father of Mankind and so my mind went to the line “sabbath rest by Galilee”. I needed to rest. Looking up at the cupboard door where I pray I noticed the Be Still and know that I am God picture. I felt drawn to rest and be still . I felt peaceful in God’s presence. I also noticed my poster of Rembrandt’s Prodigal Son next to my other posters. This is the only context in which my art would be presented next to a great artist such as him.

I also remembered that many years ago when I realised how much God loved me, and reflecting on my journey away from faith and back again, I had done a cartoon strip of my version of the prodigal daughter. You can find it on page 21 of the pdf Are We There Yet? You can find it on that page of this site.

As I had decided that Henri Nouwen was the author for me this year I picked up his book about that painting and started to read where the bookmark was. It was the chapter about the love and compassion of the father.

It referred to Psalm 139 – which I had read at the start of my prayer time. It referred to God being a shelter – which is how Psalm 46 with the Be Still line starts . He referred to the father’s hands, his compassion and the maternal aspects shown. There was also something about not comparing yourself to others in the chapter. It all came together for me as the perfect thing to read today. How wonderful is God’s timing and prompts!!!!

I recommend the book: The return of the prodigal son.

That’s it for me for today. Time to spend a relaxing evening with my husband.

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