A couple of weeks ago our church held a women’s conference and the theme was “Claim Your Inheritance.” Last year, I worked with the planning committee on designing the conference logo inspired by Numbers 27:1 -11. Here it is as summarized from my Nelson Study Bible:
“Five sisters – the daughters of Zelophehad – approached Moses and Eleazar to make a claim for their inheritance in the land. Their father had died in the wilderness, as had his entire generation. Since he had no sons, there was no inheritance for him. On the basis of their father’s memory, the daughters asked Moses for ‘a possession among our father’s brothers.’ In doing this they cut across the social mores of the day. In ancient Israeli times women did not inherit land. Yet because their case made sense, Moses took the issue to the Lord.
“God’s decision was that the daughters of Zelophehad had presented a just cause. They would inherit land in the name of their father. The case would become a precedent for other families in which there were no sons, only daughters.”
A month or two prior to the conference, I saw the logo on flyers and signage and it really looked good. But what took the cake for me was seeing it on bags and t-shirts at the conference! Everywhere I went I saw ladies sporting their t-shirts and carrying pretty blue canvas tote bags with my artwork imprinted on it, leaving an indelible mark. It was a great feeling.
The conference was excellent. While I could only attend the Friday evening service and Saturday, my spirit was filled nonetheless. I was glad to be a part of it.
Now that “Still” is finally finished, I’m ready to move onto the next project. I’m excited about tackling a new piece with wisdom as the central subject. In my earlier post I uploaded a sketch called “Seeking Wisdom”, however first I will begin working on another piece about wisdom that was conceived prior to that.
Once again, my inspiration comes from Proverbs 1:20 -23. Here is the scripture from the New King James Bible:
20. Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares.
21. She cries out in the chief concourses,
At the openings of the gates in the city
She speaks her words:
22. “How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity?
For scorners delight in their scorning.
And fools hate knowledge.
23. Turn at my rebuke;
Surely, I will pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.”
I’ve been fleshing out her Wisdom’s costume and as stated in my earlier post, I’m trying to combine both medieval and African garb. I played around with this one sketch and posted it to Facebook and much to my surprise, it garnered a very positive reaction. Funny thing about art is that I never know how the audience will react. I just make friggin’ art and hope that people get it.
Last week, I drew a close-up of Wisdom, focusing on the head wrap and the armor-like bodice.
Then I did a series of poses and I’ll do more until I can determine the right one.
We’ll see how this goes. I’ve already made my trek to Hobby Lobby and picked up some gray-tone chalk pastels. Since I’ve had pretty good luck with chalk pastels from the last piece, I’ll give them another go. Looks like I’m not giving up this medium any time soon.
The economy continues to be a source of frustration for me as it pertains to my job search. Since my layoff in October I’ve been sending out resumes only for them to disappear into an virtual abyss. I am baffled at my inability to even snag temporary work as a fallback.
This whole experience makes me feel as if I’m fresh out of college. It’s a blow to the ego to submit a plethora of resumes only to receive little to no response, regardless of my job experience. I do realize that in this economy there’s a high ratio of applicants to the number of available jobs, and gone are the days of making personal contact or sending resumes by snail mail. Everything, and I mean everything, is electronic.
Then there is that mounting tension I feel while watching my bank account shrink even further and waiting impatiently for unemployment payments to show up.
Earlier last week, when I was at the height of my frustration, I received a text from a friend who sent me a scripture starting at Luke 12:22. It was certainly a word in due season:
22 That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life – whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear.
23 For life is more than food, and your body is more than clothing.
24 Look at the ravens. They don’t plant nor harvest nor store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to Him than any birds!
25 Can all of your worries add a single moment to your life?
26 And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?
27 Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow, they neither toil nor spin, and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
This calmed my Spirit and I do realize in many ways as I look back that God has been keeping me all this time and will continue to do so. It’s tough to wait for things to come to fruition, however what’s more important is what you do while you wait. For me it’s to continue to be prayerful and positive and continue to trust God, always.