This piece started out as a simple sunflower with petals intact, that soon gave way to the petals being cast to the wind as in 1 Peter 1:24 "For, 'All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall." The word RAPTURE echoed in my thoughts, melding with Shakespeare's play, The Merchant of Venice character of Shylock.
Shylock's desiring to return evil for evil and pain for pain offers no satisfaction or healing except further damage to his soul. His thoughts paralleled an ongoing trouble that reared its ugly head again in my life and tried to steal my peace. Somebody said something... as I contemplated it with Jesus, I noticed the sunflower's petals clinging tightly to the base of the flower as the offenses and the people tied to them. I gave them one by one back to God, reciting, "It no longer matters. It matters not. It no longer matters. It matters not..."
And the coals? Proverbs 21 speaks "If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. For in so doing, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you."
In today's current affairs, current affairs... these same affairs have been as a plague since the time of Solomon, the spirit of offense still strives to reign supreme. We are instructed by God to "SUIT UP" and return good for evil to thwart its intentional division of unity. To do this successfully, we must know and stand on God's Word. We must use the weapons He gives us. We must be prepared in thoughts, words, and deeds to defend our souls from evil, for the devil's most utilized weapon is our own ego. When we harbor offense, we lose. When we return love, God wins.
To Jesus! Who made me possible.
To the Holy Spirit! Who inspires me to see Jesus more and more clearly.
To my husband, Du, who is my biggest ally and fan.
Many of my pieces are represented by Prophetics Gallery
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