throw on the paint
get out the colored pencils
color outside the lines
do the unexpected
because He says to
live a little
let some SUN finally shine
change things up
let the tears fall
and while they do
He’s making those deserts into
As much as I don’t do favorites because they stress me out and I don’t like being boxed into only one thing, I must admit I do “favor” a few men of the bible. My New Testament man is John all the way. He brings me home and holds me close. More on that another day. Today, I want to talk about my Old Testament love: Isaiah.
Not only does he happen to have my tattoo verse but He also has this amazing little verse that I found when reading through the bible in 90 days.
The LORD will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing. ~Isaiah 51:3
Sigh. God making my deserts into Eden. I love what David Wilkerson (what an amazing life…) wrote about going through the desert:
To those going through the valley and shadow of death, hear this word: Weeping will last through some dark, awful nights—and in that darkness you will soon hear the Father whisper, “I am with you. I cannot tell you why right now, but one day it will all make sense. You will see it was all part of my plan. It was no accident. It was no failure on your part. Hold fast. Let me embrace you in your hour of pain.”
Beloved, God has never failed to act but in goodness and love. When all means fail—his love prevails. Hold fast to your faith. Stand fast in his Word. There is no other hope in this world.
And just to add one more lovely bit…here’s a bit from a song by Sons & Daughters:
You are a Savior and You take brokenness aside and make it beautiful.
With all of these pieces, I throw a little more paint on my messy canvas life. I’m slowly starting to see the bright yellow hope poke through the desert sands and see the beautiful in this breaking desert I find myself.
How are you doing? Do you have any desert places? Finding any bits of yellow in them?
p.s. check out my happy new background and header on my blog…makes me smile
19 thoughts on “throw on some yellow paint”
Ha! Yellow is my favorite color because it is happy!
The new background and what it means is awesome… and who has desert places?! or should I say, who doesn’t?
Today all my desert places are covered in hues of oranges and yellows with splashes of turquoise because I LOVE color!
my tennis rackets are yellow and i used to have a yellow room. love it. lately i’ve been loving bright, happy greens…probably something about breathing new life into things! (okay i just made that up right now, but i like the idea)
your desert places sound lovely. in fact they don’t sound much like the desert!
I KNOW, isn’t that just like God… turning our desert places into objects of beauty for all to stand in awe over?!
He does seem to have a knack for doing things like that…seems like He operates that way often. joseph. jesus. isaiah. david. and on and on =)
Oh I love this! Thanks for the reminder to throw on some yellow paint today. I’m even wearing a shirt with yellow on it! 🙂
oooo happy! i love yellow shirts. =)
That poem was simply beautiful!
oh! thank you =)
I am not currently in a desert place…but I know when I am in a peak situation of life a valley is always coming. I am praying for strength and preparation now for the valleys soon to come. Great post girl!
hm. i usually think that too…that if i’m not in a desert place that one is coming. i wonder if that’s what we should think. i don’t know. just pondering out loud.
BUT i am thankful for all that is happening in your life now! =)
Interesting point… I don’t quite know what to think about it. I just know life ebbs and flows…and I don’t ever want to be that haughty person that just arrogantly says “my life is perfect and always easy” because that’s not real life. Life is hard, but God is always faithful and oh so amazingly good!
i think maybe i just mean more of the mindset of “things are going great so something bad must be coming” rather than seeing it as there will still be trials and suffering to refine our faith. maybe it’s just a perspective thing about whether we see the desert as a bad thing or a good thing. and whether we have a here and now focus or an eternal one.
but yes, i definitely don’t think we should run around and pretend to be perfect and have it all together. rather like paul talks about being content in all situations. taking our eyes off of the ebb and flow.maybe 🙂
I gotcha… I think we both actually believe the same exact thing just express it differently! haha You’re AWESOME! =D
pretty much! haha oh communication =) you are pretty awesome yourself!
Loved this post! Those desert place always come and what a great reminder to fix our eyes on Him and hold fast.
i’m totally reminding myself in this =) oh the desert places that come.
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katy! favorites stress me out, too! i don’t do them, either! ha! love this. xo
ha! glad i’m not the only crazy one who says that! people are always like uh wha?!