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A friend of mine, Vicki Crawford, did this abstract acrylic painting I am using as the backdrop today. When she paints, she lets me see each of her paintings when they are finished, and I usually tell her what I see in them. I don’t think she notes the same things, but I have an overactive imagination.
When I looked at this painting, I was mesmerized by the colors of life. Each color represents how we live our lives. All of our lives mesh together like this painting. It demonstrates how we have happy moments, sad moments, rough moments, and quiet moments. Everyone has these moments in differing degrees. But we all have them.
I could see the black interspersed among the red and knew that was the tough times. Times like these could be abuse or divorce or lack of money to pay the bills, or the death of a loved one. Anything in your life that requires you to work through a situation that changed who you were forever.
The red and orange that overrode the black and brown were the times in your life when you overcame and became stronger. You rose above your circumstances and became bold in caring for yourself.
The yellow and purple were the moments when you found happiness and realized you were healing from the bad times.
And the blue which overtakes most of the painting is when you found peace and could relax. You were no longer afraid. You knew you were safe.
But exactly how do you do this. When you move forward, and the colors run together as they do in this abstract acrylic painting, you can look back, but you will not always know how you arrived at your place of peace. You can’t tell anyone else how to make it through because you didn’t take notes or remember each moment of change.
I will do my best to separate these so those of you who are still in the rough times of black and brown can see your way to the dawn and the blue, which represents peace.
Tough times black to brown
For whatever reason, you have landed on hard times, and it looks dark all around, you have the strength to rise above it. That does not mean it will all be OK or that you won’t remember how bad it was. But it does say that you are strong and courageous.
I have been where you are. I remember the day when I could not see my way out of the black tunnel. I couldn’t see the light at the end. It was dark for a very long time. But every morning, I continued to get out of bed and do what I needed.
I continued to live. I had no one to tell me it would all improve. I was alone except for God. God always carried me through.
While he carried me, I still had to hold my head up and look into the darkness until I could see a tiny bit of light shining at the end of the tunnel. I can’t say that light was there because things were improving. It was because I kept my head up and kept my eyes straight ahead.
You are strong, just as I was. You may not feel strong, but I didn’t either. And coming from one who rose out of the dark, I can look back and tell you that you will make it to the light.
In the times when you feel withered, worn, and broken, you still have an inner strength that will keep you going. Please don’t give up, and don’t give in no matter what it appears.
Renewed strength red to orange
When I began to see that tiny light shining at the end of the tunnel, I gained momentum and became more courageous. I moved more quickly with a renewed purpose because I knew I was coming into a new day.
You are red to orange; you are the lioness that gains inner strength from the rough times. Now, this does not mean those times are over. However, it does say that you are ready to fight your way back to happiness and peace.
You are no longer dragging your feet in defeat. You are picking each one up and putting it back down with a purpose. You no longer feel smothered by the blackness. You can take a deep breath and fill your lungs with fresh air.
You are ready to move on and find happiness again. You are aware of your surroundings and will make it to the end.
Happiness purple to yellow
Now you have emerged from the tunnel, and light is all around. You can see clearly to make decisions again. But this
does not mean the problem is behind you. It does say that you have overcome the issue and found a way to be happy in the midst of the storm.
You can find happiness in the midst of dark times. Happiness will come when you realize you can empower yourself. You are no longer a victim to your problem. You are not your problem, but the problem is separate from who you are.
You are strong, courageous, empowered, and willing to let go to find a solution. Or maybe the issue has lifted, and you can feel all of these attributes within yourself.
Vicki has done an excellent work of art in her abstract acrylic painting. We can easily see the colors of life as they represent our lives.
Peace green to blue
Your peace will come either when you resolve the problem or when you realize that God has given you peace. He is the one who carried you through, and he bestows strength in you. He says in his word; My peace I give to you, My peace I leave with you.
His peace is yours for the taking if you choose to accept. You will then have peace in the midst of the storm.
I was in the storm for 12 years. I didn’t wait to find peace for 12 years. God gave me strength long before the end of 12 years. I had to accept the peace he gave me.
How it all works together
The most incredible part of Vicki’s abstract acrylic painting is how the colors depict the cycle of our lives. If you look close, the black is there, but it is not dominant.
The part that you see when you first look at the painting is red and orange. The strength you will need to make it through the tough times. Use your courage to dominate your core being so you can stand tall. Give up the victim role to stand strong.
The purple and yellow slide in like a rainbow does after the rain. It sneaks upon you, and you don’t notice it until it is in front of you.
And blue is the dominant color that flows toward the front. It is the place when you will know you will be fine. When you know that you can relax because you never did go through this by yourself.
And your radiance of gold will tie all the colors together to form who you are because everything we go through in life defines who we are.
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