In honor of this new page on the calendar, I decided to switch out my blog picture. My heart went with the colorful umbrellas for a couple of reasons. First, they remind me of my One Word for 2016, “communicate”.
Here’s what I wrote the other day.:
When I was looking for an image for this post, I found the umbrella picture. For some reason, I thought it was an appropriate image to accompany the word Communicate. Umbrellas don’t magically make the heat or the rain go away but they do provide some comfort and protection from the elements. They are handy tools to have at our disposal…but only if we remember to use them.
The same goes for communication. Communicating doesn’t magically make all relationships function perfectly but communication is a handy tool to have…especially when we learn how to use it properly and then remember to use it.
Second (and the reason why I now think I was drawn to them the other day) is because umbrellas remind me to look for the beautiful when I don’t understand something. Ever since I was 8 years old and my mom suggested I eat an umbrella, I’ve been partial to them. I’ve shared that story many times on this blog. If you missed it, you can read one of those times here: When Crazy Leads to Beautiful.
I read the following words this morning in the Book of John.
“If I am not doing My Father’s works, don’t believe Me. But if I am doing them and you don’t believe Me, believe the works. This way you will know and understand that the Father is in Me and I in the Father.” John 10:38-38
Jesus is explaining to a crowd of skeptics who have just labeled him a blasphemer and are ready to stone Him that, basically, the “proof is in the pudding.” They might think what He is saying is crazy but He urges the crowd to, at the very least, look at the results if they are having a difficult time swallowing His words. I love this. It reminds me of one of the reasons why I am so passionate about looking for the breadcrumbs in life. For me, these breadcrumbs are continuous confirmations that Jesus is who He says He is and that He can do what He says he can do.
Sometimes, we have to become willing to look beyond our doubts and focus on the bEAUtiful breadcrumbs along the path. Don’t miss them…they might be just as tasty as umbrellas!
“Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Psalm 34: 8