January 16, 2022

Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: Blue

We are at the start of a new year.  So much potential is before us.  Yet many are feeling blue.  It could be the colder weather and shorter days.  It could be that everything you wanted to accomplish over the past year did not come to be.  As an artist, we have the outlet of our work to process through these emotions.  Many artists have a "blue period" in their body of work where they will use blue and/or a darker color palette, subject matter that expresses their emotional state, or narrative work that directly reflects what they are going through. It is the only way they feel they can get out the feelings that seemingly no one else understands.

You have seen me tossing and turning through the night. You have collected all my tears and preserved them in your bottle! You have recorded every one in your book. 
Psalm 56:8

I love this verse.  It isn't that answers are given, problems are solved, or everything just magically gets better.  Being a Christian does not mean that our lives will be without problems/issues/sadness.  We will feel blue.  What I love about this verse is that it shows us our God is not only aware of our pain, but is with us through out it. In Hebrews 4:15, "For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things just as we are, yet without sin." Our God knows the pains & sadness we face.  There is a comfort in knowing this.  Often we can feel alone & isolated in the midst of our struggles.  Knowing that our Lord is with us, he sees us, and he comforts us through out our struggles helps us to feel less disconnected during these times. 

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