Several years ago an artist friend of mine gave me some of the art she had created, things she said reminded her of me. One was a beautiful statue of a young girl holding and comforting a lamb. The other is shown in the picture above, a girl writing down her deep thoughts. The girl and lamb statue was eventually broken, knocked off a table by someone else. That person felt terrible about it. I replied to the apologies with “it is just stuff” – a truth my mother had taught me. I still remember the why in the gift from thirty-some years ago and that is far more important to me.
The writing girl statue is one of two that I used as bookends for a long time. But one day a lady was telling me about her young granddaughter who loved to tell stories and write them out on a yellow tablet. But her granddaughter was going through a tough time in her life and had stopped writing down her stories. So I made a new memory and gave the girl who loved to tell stories one of my girl statues. It was a win for both of us. More truth – giving can be so much better than receiving.
Truth seems a difficult concept at times, especially in the days in which we live. We profess that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. But putting that Truth into every crease and crack of the pain in our lives has to be a foundation more than a saying.
We need truth when facing deception, violence, racism, lawlessness, hate, sin, fear, worry…..the list can be endless. Finding truth can seem an insurmountable task. Only in taking Jesus as Truth at our core can we work through, and beyond, all those things that reach out to entrap us.
I put a quote on truth by A.W. Tozer on the home page. It spoke to me on many levels. Please take a moment to look at it.
It has become Fall in Missouri. Temps in the fifties to start the day with highs in the mid-seventies predicted. The rain has stopped and it is gorgeous. A much-appreciated respite, knowing summer will be back by the weekend. But we gladly take it, acknowledging the truth in our sometimes negative reaction to the high and muggy heat and then consistent rain. The ebb and flow of life and our reactions to it. Our need, always, to recognize that Jesus is indeed the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Be blessed, my friends. – Vicki