It is surprising how God works within each of us to gently guide us towards transformation. While there are always tremendous mile markers; the loss of a job, a graduation or maybe the sudden loss of a loved one, if we look carefully we will realize God is usually quietly doing his work day by day.

Woman Holding a Balance, 1664, Johannes Vermeer 1632-1675, oil on canvas, 15 5/8 x 14 inches, Widener Collection-National Gallery of Art Washington D.C.

As you look at all the luminous details of this painting, think about the elements of your own life that you treasure. Music from the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet on Spotify:) Think about how your priorities have changed through the years. Things that you once thought were important have somehow drifted away…. Notice carefully how Vermeer captures this moment in time…this moment of sacred beauty. If you doubt his meaning, notice carefully the painting on the wall behind the young woman’s head. It is Jesus as he weigh’s our souls in “The Balance.” So this week as you balance all your activities, take a moment to trace the outline of your soul’s journey. Can you remember your own flashes of epiphany? Again, how has your growing knowledge of Jesus transformed your heart over the years?

“Love penetrates…and when love has come in, the seed is germinated”  Julian of Norwich

Light…or rather the knowledge of God’s love, warms us and illumines our ways.  In time, God’s love gives rest to our wanderings. This light that shows us our imperfections, can also cause us to see how God imagines each of us as precious children… full of possibilities. How have you experienced the light of God’s love? Was it that special message from a friend when you were feeling low? Did you have new opportunities at work? or maybe it was a fresh new insight into a familiar passage of scripture…

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.”  Rev 21: 3

Wow! how had I always missed that passage:) May peace and light fill your days this week. For more on Vermeer watch this short video. And if you want to have a full meal of Vermeer, I stumbled into a treasure trove of short little videos created by the National Gallery. Enjoy!

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Vermeer’s attention to detail takes my breath away then fills me with a fresh breeze of the Spirit. Thanks for the reflection.


  2. Blessings:) We must be kindred spirits. Thanks for reading and commenting!


  3. jkclarkston1 says:

    It is the little things that count, and when you add them up they make a whole. I think that Vermeer’s paintings leave me with that message.


  4. May you find beauty in the little things…thanks for reading and commenting:)


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