The Bigger Picture

It's been quite a summer! I'm now cataract-free and adjusting to the changes in my vision-- it was only one cataract, which caused a few months of cloudy vision, but it definitely had an effect on my attitude toward life and painting.
"His Love Endures Forever" 9 x 12 pastel on paper
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We've had a strange summer this year: extremely hot June, a strong rainstorm in July, and a mild August so far.  Being unable to see meant that I spent a lot of time home, which suited me fine as the traffic here seems to get worse every time I leave the house.  The children were of course bored and bickering much of the time, but they seem to do that whether we're home or not.  The summer definitely had its share of annoying occurrences.

As we read Psalm 136 in church last week, I couldn't help thinking of this view of the ocean.  I love being at the beach and seeing when the light peeks through the clouds and glitters on the water.  It's often a visual reminder that the daily gripes of this world are fleeting when compared to the bigger picture.

I think we've become so used to being able to control the tiniest details of our modern lives, we panic when that control slips from our fingers.  It feels so nice to be able to take a deep breath and release the need to control everything.  Here's to a refreshing end of summer!  Happy breathing,

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