Clouds come Floating . . .

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” ― Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds

This was a commissioned painting back in Spring 2013.  I have not painted many sailboats lately and probably will do one soon.  These are the colors chosen by the collector, and they are indeed bright forceful beautiful basic colors, but my palette has been changing. Happens to all of us.  Still not a big champion of yellow, but suddenly I am thinking muted reds, blues, greens and greys.  I believe my next sunset will be drastically different from this one.  

"Color" in your life should change.  If you stay stagnant you are not growing. Change is a huge part of growth. But they are not the same, change and growth.

Change could mean a turnaround in your life or a single event like marriage, job loss, divorce, a new baby. Change can be negative or positive. It can come from within you or by forces outside of you.

Growth takes time. Usually change happens quickly. Growth is an incremental process and it needs motivation from within you to continue the growth.

Facing challenges and changes will promote growth in your life. God does it all the time if you have not noticed.  Those mountains look higher every time one is in front of us. The depth and challenges God puts in front of us are usually hard, unwanted, and seemingly untimely but he is strengthening us for what is ahead in life. 

I love this verse in Exodus.  The Israelites are in battle. If Moses holds his hands up in the air...they are winning, but if he lowers his hands they are losing.  When they figured this out, they had to help Moses keep his hands up until sunset for them to be victorious.

So amidst the change and growth it is evident we need people that care around us.  It is important in life to serve others when you can and know through your faith, God will provide when you are in need. 

"When Moses' hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up  - one on one side, one on the other - so that his hands remained steady till sunset." Exodus 17:12