God's Grace and Peace to You...
The Tree Stump piece
|Tree Stump: "But when...trees are cut down,
stumps are left. And my holy people will be
like stumps that begin to grow again." Is 6:13
NIRV; "Jesse's family is like a tree that has
been cut down. A new little tree will grow
from its stump." Is 11:1 NIRV; Other text: Life
out of death, enthusiasm out of dread, joy out
The drawing for this piece and matching scriptures
happened at a silent retreat. The following exerpts from my
journal explain how:
"6:45am... As I walked around camp, the same thought
came back to me that I had through the night after reading
my journaling at the beginning of this calligraphy business
adventure – how You had transformed the fear and dread
and overwhelming anxiety about “going public” with my
work…into joy, anticipation and eagerness to get going.
Like vibrant life out of paralyzing fear.
Here I am at yet another juncture, that You have handed
to me on a platter: willing hearts and hands in 2 people to
take this to the next level: a website and an extra set of
hands for production (this after the 5 weeks of icing painful
arms and hands!). Met with this offer, all I could do was
shake in my boots and think of the cascading ramifications
of this step (Paypal? Shipping & handling? Increased
production for my hands? More, varied tasks? Possible need
to hire employees and all the legalities of that?)........
INSTEAD OF joy, thanksgiving and chomping at the bit to
go. When I wrote thank you notes to the two, I wrote
about this retreat and seeking Your counsel in this. It seems
You have already given it by providing them......for there
can be no other explanation. It is now up to me to say,
“Here am I, Lord, I will go.”
Enthusiasm out of dread. Joy out of fear. Life out of death.
As I walked around the camp in the quiet and dawn of a brand new day, that seemed to be Your
urging. And then I came upon a dead tree stump some 2 feet or so in diameter….out of which was
growing a new life – a little tree only 2 inches in diameter yet twice as tall as me and full of green
I wonder if I can draw that! But I don’t have anything with me, not even a camera…
9am...HEAR Session “Hearing God above the din & clatter of life”
Do I add anything to those distractions? Compulsive note-taking was the first thing that came to my
mind. You seem to be saying: RELAX AND LISTEN, JUST ABSORB ; don’t mask it with actions/tasks!
Again, I was reminded of the icing of my hands – which stopped me in my tracks completely. There
was nothing else I COULD do with that time. The speaker likes to meditate on scriptures through
drawing and so showed us her drawing of this tree by water for Ps1:3....
And then she said, “Here is everything you need to draw one of your own.”
AWESOME, AWESOME GOD.
Not only did she draw a tree (just in case I forgot what I wrote 2 hours ago), she also provided
everything I needed to draw! So I drew the tree coming out the dead stump. Thank You, Lord!"
Later on in the same retreat, another speaker took us to Isaiah….and as I read on, I found both
scriptures that are included in this piece.
This was the first time I drew with watercolor pencils, and from 3D reality (instead of 2D reference).
I remember sitting down near the stump to draw it, sighing and praying, “Here we go, Lord. I know
this is of You, so please let me do justice to how You have spoken to me”.