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Thursday, March 26, 2020

"Consider the lilies..." for that matter, the tulips too


"Tulip season," 8 x 10 watercolor, 300 lb. d'Arches cold press paper
Serious times, times of worry, of fear, of uncertainty have burst upon humanity. But...
Color and life have burst all around us as spring gets serious too, perhaps reminding us that nothing is new, just when we need it.
Long ago, a wealthy sage wrote: 
     "What has been will be again,
    what has been done will be done again;
    there is nothing new under the sun."
         --Ecclesiastes 1:9, Solomon
Wisdom yes, but perhaps small comfort in these trying times, except for hope, the expectation, to get through this, as humanity has since before and after those lines were written.
There is more comfort if you get out of the house, and hear the birds and enjoy the brilliant colors of spring.
Those were my thoughts walking in Hafer Park, listening to bird song as first the daffodils, and now the tulips have burst forth with their brilliant colors.
I thought of a poor and homeless sage trying to prepare people for violent times, teaching about the colors and life lessons of flowers:
     “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink,[a] or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?  And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. "
       --Jesus
We impatient humans have a shallow sense of life, thinking time flies. Tulips do not, and like all plant life, know that existence is deep.
Thus today's watercolor, the tulips of Hafer Park, with humble homage to the impressionists.

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