Lesson from a Painting in Progress

Hello Friends,

I think it's finally safe to say that spring is here.  Well, at least I think so.  Every year the large maple tree behind our house is an indicator of the arrival of spring.  On April 20th the leaves are just about opened, but not so this year.  Spring is a little late as the maple is still pushing out blossoms to date.  Sometimes things don't happen at the pace we would like them to.  However, if we look back, we can see small increments of progress.  One thing I have learned in life is that God is in no hurry.  He is often quietly at work in our lives and sometimes we can get a little frustrated (or maybe a lot) when it seems like nothing is happening.  I find that true in trying to heal my body from histamine issues related to vestibular migraine.  What can you do when you find yourself at a stand still?
A few weeks ago I started a painting titled, "Birds and Butterflies".  It took me FOREVER to get it finished! Some days it seemed like I made very little progress, even though I spent a great deal of time on it.
That painting reminded me of how God is at work in the smallest details of our lives, even though we see little to no change.
 One thing I did while painting was to take a few photos along the way, so that I would be reminded of the progress.  I also did that with my life for the last 11 months while changing my diet.  I started to write down the things that have healed in my body, so that I could look back at it and remind myself of my progress in case I get discouraged.
 When progress seems at a standstill, I pull out the index card and look at all the healing I have seen and it is so encouraging.  I have seen 8 things happen in my healing journey so far, and they are pretty amazing!  Just from diet changes, to name a few,  I have seen healing in inflammation, healing from Ulcerative Colitis,  healing from headaches, healing from heart palpitations, healing from vertigo spells and healing from most of the bobbing sensations of dizziness.  I'm about 85-90% better from the constant 24/7 dizziness from VM.  While I still have bad days, I am finally having good days after being stricken with this for the last 23 years.
Whether we are working on healing in some area of our life or if you are trying to finish a project,  we need to do our part and keep taking baby steps forward one detail at a time or one day at a time, even though we may not see a lot of progress.
 Some times we may need to take a momentary look back to see the progress we've made, so we don't get discouraged and quit.  Whatever you are facing, you are not alone.  God is waiting for you, right where you are.  His forgiveness, friendship and love will carry you through any obstacle you are facing.  Just call on Him and turn to Him.  Remember that even if you don't see progress, God is still at work in the smallest of details of your life and He will complete His work in you.
Philippians 1:6b
"...He who began a good work in you will carry it 
on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."




My before and after photos of my progress.
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