Today’s Bible passages are: 1 Kings 3, Ephesians 1, Ezekiel 34, and Psalm 83-84

By Rebecca Jean

Showers of Blessing(Medium: Watercolor)

Today’s pick is a response to Ezekiel 34:

“I will make with [my sheep] a covenant of peace and banish wild beasts from the land, so that they may dwell securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. And I will make them and the places all around my hill a blessing, and I will send down the showers in their season; they shall be showers of blessing. And the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield its increase, and they shall be secure in their land. And they shall know that I am the Lord, when I break the bars of their yoke, and deliver them from the hand of those who enslaved them. They shall no more be a prey to the nations, nor shall the beasts of the land devour them. They shall dwell securely, and none shall make them afraid. And I will provide for them renowned plantations so that they shall no more be consumed with hunger in the land, and no longer suffer the reproach of the nations. And they shall know that I am the Lord their God with them, and that they, the house of Israel, are my people, declares the Lord God. And you are my sheep, human sheep of my pasture, and I am your God, declares the Lord God.” (Ezekiel 34:25-31, ESV)

Today’s Question: God promises “showers of blessing”—in what ways have you seen him bless and provide for his people? What are some of his “showers of blessing” in your life? (Respond in the comments.)

RebeccaJ_200Rebecca’s drippy oils and splashy watercolors have been collected by patrons across the United States and Canada. After a number of valuable creative stints—working at an illustration agency in Chicago, illustrating books for trade and educational publishers, and painting for a nationally renowned still-life artist as his personal studio assistant—Rebecca now devotes serious time and attention to her own paintings, selling her work at shows, festivals and to private collectors. Passionate about creative entrepreneurship, she works in a studio in downtown Atlanta where she paints and studies business through an art coaching program. To see her work, please visit RJean.net.

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3 Comments

  1. To be totally honest (and I hope not too offensive…stick with me!), when I first glanced at this painting, I thought it looked like a sloppy mess. The kind of thing highbrow art critics applaud, but regular people like me find difficult to appreciate.

    And then I read Christie’s and Lisa’s thoughtful remarks. “Hmm,” I thought. “Clearly these women are more mature than me, and have eyes to appreciate what was certainly a careful piece of work, not a haphazard creation, however it may initially appear.”

    I scrolled back up to reconsider, and I saw the tree, bent over with the weight of all this color. Showers of blessing. How often does life look like a mess? I can’t see or make sense of what God is up to in all this. But if His grace is all these colors running together, my tree can hardly be seen for the abundance of it. He overwhelms my life with grace. At first glance, His blessings don’t always seem beautiful. Some are dark, streaked with pain. He pours out grace that humbles, bends these branches low.

    But this is no dry tree in a desert wasteland, leaves crispy brown, branches cracked and brittle. This is a tree planted by streams of water—it occurs to me, why should the River of Life be only one color, when there are millions of vibrant hues available to the Creator?

    Clearly it takes the skill of a practiced, careful painter to make a painting like this. It takes the vision of a creative, talented artist to produce these deliberate strokes, layered with meaning. I am not an artist; I have no idea how pieces like this are created, how beauty is brought from a blank canvas and some paints, a brush, a cup of clear water.

    And I am not the Artist, the Storyteller, the Creator whose thoughts and ways are far above my own. Dare I ever call the holy masterpiece He is producing ugly? Dare I pronounce his downpour of blessings a mess?

    Life is a beautiful mess: because He is beautiful and I am a mess. And He hides the tree of me in the brilliantly colorful glory of His Son, grace running off the page because my one life is too small to contain it.

    Turns out I am amazed by the painting after all, and it indeed helps me think about God’s showers of blessing in ways I did not imagine. So thank you—to Rebecca, for sharing your gift, and to Christie and Lisa, for setting a reflective example that made me look twice so I didn’t miss this beauty.

  2. There’s so much movement in this, and at the same time, there’s something subdued about it too. So often I think God’s blessings should come at me like a crash—and they do, but it always looks a little quieter than I initially expected. I love the way this art is helping me think about God’s showers of blessing.

  3. This is beautiful. So beautiful.
    Your painting, Rebecca, reminds me of the trust required if we are to fully see God’s blessings as the gifts they are. Sometimes his work of provision in our life feels a little scary – a little wild and uncontrolled.
    But, wow, is it beautiful.

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