Sunny Tulips, Original Watercolor, Marcia Carole

If you live in Seattle, you have to find sunshine in your imagination, in bright yellow flowers or in warm cups of coffee or tea. During an unusual downpour today, I thought of this watercolor. I had not finished it, many artists have several pieces going at once, and I decided to use as many bright colors on this as I could to cheer myself and complete it.

The sun eventually came out, and I dashed outside for my 3.76 mile walk. Bathed in temporary vitamin D, I rejoiced in the bright warmth covering my neighborhood. As I finished up the trek, the storm clouds rolled in once more. So, back to the watercolor I went. Lost in the watery blending of yellows and reds with my brush, I feel at peace. I am reassured once again. I know this is what God created me to do, and I feel His warmth and presence.

My visit to the doctor today brings news that continues to keep me close to my Lord. Eternity with Him seems closer as the recovery time spans out further than I want to go. I don’t have a choice, however, and this is the only road before me. Take my pills and go on any trips I’d like, he says. Maybe he knows my time is limited, maybe he doesn’t. Until I step into eternity with Jesus, I want to make art, help others make it, and share how much He loves each of us. That’s the real sunshine in the days ordained for me.

He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing. Ephesians 2:10


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