Delaney Looks Back So She Can Look Forward

Every time I start one of these ladies I wonder what in the world she will turn out looking like.

Just one little shadow here or there can make them look totally different than they would otherwise.

It makes me cognizant of the way God made each one of us--the fact that he was there in our mother's womb when we were knit together (Psalm 139)--the same hands that hurled the planets into space, that set the earth on its axis, and crocheted billions of stars into exquisite doilies that light up the night sky, these same hands knit us together.  Just a little purl stitch here, a little slip stitch there and we all are different and unique.

To me Delaney has a far away look in her eyes--I like to think that this verse is what she is thinking about--
Psalm 91:3-6
Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence.  He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.  You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.

So looking back over our lives--the things He has done for us--the way He has seen us through every trial and tribulation that tried to consume us--the looking back and seeing His faithfulness is our shield and rampart.

Only when we look back and see His steadfast love, mercy, faithfulness and goodness do we have the courage to forge ahead into an unknown future.

Be encouraged today, my friend, and take a gentle look back in the rearview mirror of your life and I am sure you will find the memory of faithfulness you need to break the barrier of tomorrow's fears and doubts.

© all photographs, art and text property of Dianne Hogue unless otherwise noted

Delaney was started as a watercolor and enhanced in Photoshop


elizabeth said…
Happy to be right after you at Jennifer's linky, friend. Your watercolors amaze me. I haven't painted in too long.
Debbie said…
God just used you to confirm a message of the heart He sent me this week. I love it when He does that!

(And friend, you. are. gifted.)
Adoption Mama said…
Yes!!! This is the Truth that we must live in. My rearview mirror is so often too foggy. I was just reading over our Puebla Faithfulness journal and it is amazing to see how God has held us through all things. He has provided, healed, transformed, girded up and put my tears in a bottle. May He bless you dear friend.
Wow...shutting my computer down after this...this was a word for me and I am allowing it to soak in. Thanks so much...and your art is just beautiful!
Sandy said…
Thank you for such an encouraging word today. It really spoke to my heart. He is always faithful and has provided for every need and circumstance that arises. Believe it or not, your Delaney looks something like our basketball star Delaney! She graduated in June and will be off to college in the fall.
Love you~
Barb said…
Hi dear one.
Looking back, remembering how far God has walked with me, is what keeps me with a grateful heart. It is especially
helpful when facing a crisis. I love this painting, especially the eyes; they are so expressive. I took one look at her and
a story started in my head. :)
Have an awesome day, Dianne. Love you much.

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