Have you ever felt offended or upset because someone gave you a very hard time or seriously offended you? I guess anyone could have this experience.
I am usually not easily bothered. However, one day I had a tremendous emotion of rage and felt disturbed, offended, or cursed by receiving wrongdoing from a person. Unfortunately, there was no chance to discuss with this person, which made it harder.
Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and take off his head.”
But the king said, “What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the LORD has said to him, ‘Curse David,’ who then shall say, ‘Why have you done so?’”
And David said to Abishai and to all his servants, “Behold, my own son seeks my life; how much more now may this Benjaminite! Leave him alone, and let him curse, for the LORD has told him to.
It may be that the LORD will look on the wrong done to me, and that the LORD will repay me with good for his cursing today.”
(2 Samuel 16:9-12)
At that time, I came across this story and I was like wow…it was extremely eye-opening! King David’s thoughts and actions were so generous, wise, and smart. The frustration caused by the incident will only consume you, and not necessarily the person who cursed you.
Humans are emotional creatures, which is good and bad. Be aware of it and you don’t always need to pay too much attention to your feelings. Sometimes, better not to. You could get a better outcome if you just don’t react based on your emotions to their offenses or each circumstance. (Sometimes they don’t even realize that are offending you.)
You choose how to respond to all events in your life.
If you put the offensive situation in the proper perspective, your life can be much easier. Like David did. So, I did. You can do it, too. Let it go. (Related works are below.) Trusting God will take care of it. Feel better and move on!
After reading and pondering the verses, praying, and creating the art, I felt much better the following morning. (Related works are below.) I was able to forgive and even bless the person in my heart.
(At the end of the story, the person and I reconciled in a super-natural, interesting timing in the best way, which was awesome.)
Rerated work of the book of 2 Samuel 16:10-12 and my personal experience —
The “Let It Go,” “Galaxy – Emotion” and “Morning Star Sang#1” found each home 😃. So, I have added two more new pieces titled “Divine Plan” and “Morning Star Sang #3.” They were completed this week in my “cave time” in April 2020. Signed and title on verso.
⭐︎From the left: “Let It Go” (Sold/Not Available), “Galaxy – Emotion” (Sold/Not Available), “Divine Plan”(Completed in April 2020). All: Encaustic mixed media on cradled wood panel.
⭐︎From the left: “Morning Stars Sang#1 and #2 – Job 38:7” and “Morning Stars Sang #3– Revelation 22:16.” # 3 was completed this week.
Note: You can’t clearly read the text* of the verses for some pieces since they are applied in an abstract manner in layers with encaustic as my style. However, the soul and essence of these great messages are embedded in the artwork.
Experience your life changing.
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*The languages I use for text are initially French and/or English. This month, I started to use Hebrew and Greek, depending on the work. For the Stars and Desert project, I often add computer languages as well. For more about my creative process and text, please refer to this interview.
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