As I drew one of four nostalgic Valentines this week, melodies and words from music eras long before me came singing into my ideas. This one references “April Showers” – an old loverly I always recall from one of those classic films I never tire catching…
On this Sabbath weekend, may you look up to find His “violets” falling over you!
Funny how the thought of “blessing others” is so easily avalanched by the sudden onset of a personal conundrum, isn’t it? Well… maybe… not so much funny, as frail human.
The other morning, I’d just set to drawing the third of four valentine card ideas, and –wanting to complete the four, get them printed and ready by the next day — I even thought I might squeeze in two in one day’s work. Easy peasy. Until an out of the blue concern scarily arose and led to contacting my eye doctor. “Best to come in right away, just in case,” they said.
Fears mingled with prayers as I made my way there. In the exam room, trying to focus on directions while her blinding light focused in on my eye, listening but not comprehending all the diagnostic jumbo terms, praying peace to my quelling heart… there wasn’t room for much thought beside, “Is this a problem to worry over?”
“Good news is, nothing serious,” she told me reassuringly, “though annoying for sure. Just part of what happens naturally… I’m glad you came in though because we always need to make sure…”
Breathing a bit more normally at those words – but still preoccupied driving home (ever try having one eye dilated while the other is not? 🙂 ) – it wasn’t until a few hours later that it flashed across my heart…
God had placed me somewhere totally unexpectedly in those moments. Put me with people I wouldn’t have scheduled in to see for many months, people I hadn’t an imagining of even seeing that very morning .
And I hadn’t once thought of my prayers to bless others just hours earlier, or recognized the possibility of that opportunity in this.
Open my eyes to see those around me, I’d prayed. And I hadn’t seen beyond the eye chart.
Disappointed in my own lack, I raised my eyes to Him.
You can pray blessings for the doctor and everyone there… right now, were the words dropping into my spirit then.
O, Father, I answered. Grateful for the greatest blessing of all...
Closing my eyes in the soothing semi light of my room, I began to lift up these strangers as if He’d placed a flask of oil to pour out from His Hands in mine. Felt His leading me to scripture prayers of blessing. Warmth, like His hand upon my head, flowed His blessing back on me as I sent those words forward.
Make me more aware of those around me day to day, I breathed in closing.
This morning, again asking His leading on who to bless and how… I felt His stirring an idea within as I read one particular blog. “Mmm, Lord… I LIKE that idea!”
I smiled at how He is always thinking of us. And at this thought He brought to mind to bless the one opening up their heart there. Sending us out to uplift one another. Like scattering violets…
Lift someone up and rain some of His valentine violets on them today! 🙂
pen and ink, pink violet valentine, mine: Please do not copy without permission. 🙂 Thanks!
© Pam Depoyan
The Loft(Grace and Truth linkup)
LOOKING FOR SOME ORIGINAL VALENTINES TO SEND THIS SEASON? I’VE JUST PLACED MY SIX NEW CARD DESIGNS (INCLUDING THE ONE SHOWN ABOVE) ON MY pen & ink HOME PORTRAITS PAGE.
Made for Anytime Valentines… why limit to February 14th? 🙂
(To view them…Look here for this vintage valentine heart image, then scroll down till you see it again with the card info… )
Questions about ordering? You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂
Lord, may these Valentine cards shine of You, wherever You may take them.