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Lift Up Your Eyes

Psalm 121

A song of ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

One of my favorite Psalms along with one of my favorite paintings.

When I was first working on “Lift Up Your Eyes” I was tempted to toss this painting aside. I had been working on the trees and they weren’t cooperating. I had added several layers, which is common for my style of painting, but I still wasn’t happy with it. As I contemplated setting it aside,  something inside said, “Don’t give up, you’re not finished with it yet.”

During this contemplation an awareness flooded over me,

“What would I be if the Lord had tossed me aside because of my flaws?”

It never ceases to amaze me that the Lord is mindful of me. There are billions of people living on the planet right now and Jesus knows ME.

I’m glad I listened to the conversation going on in my head because it led me to pick up my brush and mix up some original watercolor/gouache colors. They brightened up the areas that were getting lost. That’s what Christ does, He enters our hearts and brightens us so that we can reflect His glory.

I’m so glad I can Lift Up My Eyes to God, who is mindful of me.