This morning I went to the doctors to get a statement for my withdrawal from uni. We had a good chat, good ol Nigel and I – I’m one of his regulars. And then I got to post my chunky-melunky form (like 6 pages!) into the post box – which is cool like tapes and records and what not, coz no one uses them anymore – that what me thinks! Oooh and which means that I have done half of No’ 58 on my list! : P. This arvo has been quite relaxing, I’ve read some inspiring blogs by crafters, artists and designers, and even found some new faves , and I’ve knitted 2 green squares today and had lots of time to think and listen to some music which makes me smile : ).
In this day and age, so many people are rushing about, stressed out, putting work or study before everything else and not taking time to smell the roses; whether literally or metaphorically. God has set us an example to rest when he made the universe, having rested on the 7th day (Genesis 2:1-3). It gives us a chance to rejuvenate, so that we can continue to be working hard (Col 3:23), and so that we don’t burn out. I’m very much an advocate of rest, as I had glandular fever in ’08 and so I’ve got the risk of getting chronic fatigue. What are you going to do this wkend to rest? Do you watch DVDs, go for a walk, paint or maybe just have a nanna nap? Or maybe have a listen to this.
Just thinking about God being the creator of the universe and all, how amazing is all that he’s made?! The sun so big, bright and hot bringing us lovely days like today and not burning us like kids with magnifier glass attacking ants! The variety of all God has made is awe inspiring, with so many different creatures from giraffes and dinosaurs to butterflies and ladybugs! So many different colours, and textures, and smells and tastes and beautiful things to see and experience! You could crank up some Indescribable by Chris Tomlin, or head on over here. Romans 1:20 says that we can get to know some awesome qualities about God through what he has made – just as an artist now portrays their skill, their thoughts and their ideals through what they create.
Studying arts in Early Childhood has helped me to appreciate the arts more, and see the importance of understanding the languages which accompany visual arts and music. By languages I mean the ways in which the artist expresses meaning and their ideas through their works – using tools such as tone, colour and pitch. I have learned this, and also the word ‘perfink’, which means to perceive, feel and think all at the same time. I would like to perfink, that that is what I do when I take time to sit in silence and try to understand the world around me, God and who I am amongst it all. When was the last time you turned off your ipod, tv, and shut your laptop and put your phone on vibrate – just to have time to perfink?
Your friend Liz : )