Posted by: Judy | March 12, 2019

Straight Lines

I’ve often complained that I can’t draw a straight line. I’ve always seen this as a fault, a drawback, a weakness, until one morning.

Out for my morning walk, I noticed the thin layer of clouds overhead. I was thinking about how Arizona doesn’t have many days of “Sky Blue,” Crayola Crayon Sky Blue. (I’m astonished WordPress doesn’t recognize Crayola as a word, as it does other popular proper names. I digress.)

To the north of the cloud bank, the sky shone its customary gorgeous blue, not Sky Blue, deeper, darker. The longer I studied it (I was walking slowly due to an injury, from which I’m recovered) the more I noticed the stark separation of clouds and no clouds.

The fluffy, white expanse of clouds looked like a blanket pulled over the sky from the south almost to the most northern edge. The blanket ended in a definite line, running east to west, smudging a bit toward the horizon on either side.

I also noticed the line wasn’t perfectly straight. Bumps and dips, not the roller coaster kind but more like the kind of line I draw, marked the separation between clouds and the blue beyond.

This started my mind wandering. Does God create any straight lines? Or is it only man who demands the perfectly straight lines?

I looked around, and the only straight lines I found were manmade. Trees have bumpy barks. The stems on my flowers have natural bumps. Those beautiful rays of the sun may look straight, but I know they aren’t.

How often in life do I beat myself up for not meeting an exacting standard manufactured by man? Instead of looking to God for His guidance and approval? Granted, I’ve been working to learn how to do the latter, instead of the former.

My last counselor helped me strip away numerous lies and rebuild on truth. I could complain that something must be wrong with me that I’m still stripping away lies. Instead, I think I’ll thank God for helping me unearth another truth:

God created a beautiful world of curves and “imperfections.” The only straight He holds of value is the straight and narrow way back to Him. Even in this, He knew we would falter and stumble and stray off the path. In his love and wisdom, He provided a way to return to the path: The Atonement of Jesus Christ. Jesus showed the way and then paid the price for our straying. He only asks that I choose to follow Him and accept Him as my Savior and Redeemer. Not much and everything.


Responses

  1. Very interesting… if I want a straight line I have always just pulled out a ruler. I’m glad you have realized that drawing a straight line is not important. Even coloring “within” the lines, like we were told we had to do in grade school is not necessary. Look at Christopher Columbus who realized the world was round. Life is full of shapes and sizes. I do admit that when I get my hair cut, I like it to be “straight.”

    By the way, I took an illustration class. The instructor showed us how drawing a straight line is not easy, we have to practice, practice, practice. We practiced, because straight lines are used in creating buildings, parts of a car, a train, clothing, etc. If we practiced, he showed us how we could be faster at illustrating different things perfectly, i.e. a character, a building, a train, car, etc.

    I never thought I could draw, I was surprised that I actually have “some” artistic abilities. I bet YOU do too! That’s is why you saw the sky and clouds as you did. You could be an artist in the works… šŸ™‚

    • The class sounds like a good experience. My artistic ability seems to be mostly within wordsmithing. šŸ™‚

      • That’s what I thought, but I decided to overcome my fear that said I had no drawing abilities. What I realized from my instructor was that only a “very few” have a gift for drawing, the rest 90% teach themselves by practicing. So glad I went out of my comfort zone. šŸ™‚

        • Good for you!

          • Ah… I think we grow when we go out of our comfort zone.

            • True.


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