Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Jonah Personal Challenge...

Jonah 2:3-6 (New King James Version)
3 For You cast me into the deep,
Into the heart of the seas,
And the floods surrounded me;
All Your billows and Your waves passed over me.
4 Then I said, ‘I have been cast out of Your sight;
Yet I will look again toward Your holy temple.’
5 The waters surrounded me, even to my soul;
The deep closed around me;
Weeds were wrapped around my head.
6 I went down to the moorings of the mountains;
The earth with its bars closed behind me forever;
Yet You have brought up my life from the pit,
O LORD, my God.

I was reading the story of Jonah in the Bible. I was struck by some of the imagery, and knew that I had to try to make a papercut of the verse that specifically said, "I went down to the moorings of the mountains..."

My mind imagined that as if he had gone so far down into the waters that he landed at the feet of the mountains on the other side of the world.

It is a remarkable story of one man's disobedience to God, the consequences of his disobedience, God's grace, and His tremendous patience with Jonah, but it is also how He is like that with all of us.

May this cut be a reminder to us, to you... Don't run from God. He always knows where you are. And He loves you immensely. Rather, allow yourself to be honest, open, and available to God, and He will bless you in amazing ways. Trusting and surrendering to Him is not weakness. Rather it is strength. It is where you find untapped reserves of the necessities we have for life. We find unconditionaly love, receive peace that passes all understanding, joy unspeakable, and hope. "The joy of the Lord is our strength." It has been mine. And I hope that you will allow Him to touch your heart so you can also experience His wonderful, and amazing love for you.


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Elaine Candeloro said...

Cool cut! I love the colors:)

Snippety Gibbet said...

Celita, what a wonderful snip. Really a beautiful design. I always like your Biblical based ones the best. It's as if you have a special inspriation for them. jan

daysease said...

Why, thank you!!! I am amazed to see it completed. Ijust gaze at it wondering if it is really something I created. Ever have moments like that? :-) Okay, so sometimes I feel that way about my kids, too. hahhahahahahahah!!! Now I need to figure out what to do with it... hm....

Anyhow, Glad you liked it.

Jan, you have always left the best and most interesting comments about them, so I know that you are drawn to those most.

Love you both!! Have a great day!!

TonyaA said...

So beautiful as always. I love how you find such detail and depth in these stories.
Blessings to you!

e_susan94 said...

Amazing work on that Jonah piece. I love your Biblical paper art! What a testimony you are!

I feel excited when I finish a quilt or sew something and right now my machine is put away again. I need to take it out. I find it so peaceful and relaxing in the busy, overwhelming world. :)

I wanted to know if you have enough paper cutter blades? I was going to Michael's with my coupon and wanted to get you something. :)