I was asked by a dear friend to paint a picture for her, as she was redoing the place that her and husband were moving into. She had always wanted a picture that would describe Proverbs 25:11 and wanted me to paint it for her. I prayed about it and told the Lord that I could only do it through Him. Before I would work on the painting each time, I would go in prayer, not only to pray for my friend and her family, but to also commit the work to Him, asking Him to place His Almighty, Artistic Hand over mine and let His work be magnified. It is through Him that this painting was completed and to Him alone is the glory given.
Proverbs 25:11 says, "A word fitly spoken, is like apples of gold in pictures of silver."
As I read over the verse MANY times, the one thing that I felt the Lord was impressing upon me, was how do my words reflect the person I truly am. It says 'A word fitly spoken...' and that made me think about how my words fit in my relationship with the Lord. Do they glorify Him or do I bring shame to His name? I thought also about the next part of the verse where it says...'is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.' As I researched the word 'picture', the one thing that kept coming back was the word 'settings'. Instead of thinking about the actual word 'picture', I thought about how things are reflected in the different types of silver table settings. If you are great in polishing your silver, the reflection is so pure and clear that it is like a mirror, but if you are like me and neglect polishing your silver, they become tarnished and the reflection is dull or sometimes very hard to see. I want my words to be a reflection of my Savior, pure and clear as if on the cleanness of silver; that I am seeing the mirror reflection of my Lord. Many times, though, I am afraid my words are like the reflection on the tarnished silver pitcher in the painting, hard to see and very dull. Do my words lift (brighten) others up, or do they discourage (not reflect well) others. Many times, I am ashamed of my silver because I have neglected to polish them. Am I just as ashamed when I am careless with my words? I want my words to be fitly spoken to reflect my Savior, not me! I want my words to be "Golden Reflections" of the One who gave His life for me! What about you? How are your words reflected? Are they fitly spoken to reflect you or the Lord?
Karen's Artistic Thoughts
I decided as I was working on this website, that a blog would be a way to explain what goes through my mind as I work on each piece the Lord has laid on my heart.