Musings on Simplicity and Being Home

“To find your own voice as an artist, I feel you must appreciate everything, but love only a few.”

This yearning for simplicity hasn’t ceased. In all actuality it has probably become more of a need than I thought it would. I’ve been looking at everything with skeptic eyes, knowing everything will fade in time.

Home for Thanksgiving break – it’s such a nice change! I’ve spent my time studying editorial design, playing piano, filling boxes full of clothes and other things to give away, catching up on sleep, and simply enjoying being home. My mom baked homemade bread and my sister is coming home tomorrow! So excited! : )

Isaiah 55:2-3 “Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.”

Wow….when I read that verse today, it brought so much comfort. Exactly what I needed!

Isaiah 55:12 “For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”

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We Wait For You

“He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.” Psalm 147:4

“It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in.” Isaiah 40:22

I can’t remember the amount of times I would find myself beneath the stars in absolute awe of the beauty. Those times were the most sacred of my childhood, they were the times where I could hear God most clearly. The night was silent, but my God was speaking.

During my senior year of high school, I took an online astronomy class through a nearby college and loved learning all about stars and galaxies. Since then, every once in a while I like to browse through online galleries of astrophotography. Tonight was one of those nights, and my breath was taken away by a few photos that I want to share.

The first photograph is from wikipedia and the remaining are from evansg on flickr.

“The LORD wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent.” Psalm 104:2

Afghanistan

“As each of us has his own impression of Afghanistan that is predominantly marked with pictures of foreign forces, explosions and terror, we were privileged to have access to capture daily life and portrait some people of Afghanistan.We hope the pictures you know will merge with the pictures you see and will enrich your view on the country in the Hindu Kush.”

The Simplicity of Love

Lately, I’ve been overcome with a craving for simplicity. I want to get rid of most of my things. I have this slightly impossible goal (being a design student) to eventually have just enough things to fill a suitcase and that would be enough. I don’t want the “american dream”, I just want to live in love, though I feel like I’m on the very edge of even starting to discover what this could look like.

Usually I walk to class in the morning in a drone-like state, with it being 7:30 a.m. This morning instead of being lost in thoughts of what I had to do today, I just enjoyed the walk and admired the beauty of this earth. Last night at the human trafficking prayer group, we read the whole book of Habakkuk. The nations are drowning in turmoil: earthquakes, economic downfall, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and the list just keeps going. Sin is here, therefore disorder also exists. But, time and time again God leaves a remnant. “Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.” Romans 11:5  So this morning, when I was in awe of the beauty of nature – the beauty of what God has done – in the midst of everything else going on, it reminded me that in the chaos of everything in this world, my Father cares for me.

I think that’s why lately I’ve wanted to shed so many material things. None of it matters. All that matters is love.

Free Libya

Katie Orlinsky is a photojournalist from New York City. She regularly works for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and various non-profit organizations around the world. Her work has been published in Life, Newsweek, Le Monde, Stern, Time, Paris Match, Adbusters and the International Herald Tribune among others. Katie graduated from the Colorado College with a BA in Political Science and Latin American Studies. She is currently a fellow of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University and is a contributor with Corbis Images.”

From the collection: Free Libya

Just A Little While

This morning at Cornerstone, the message was about Revelation 10-11. While the interpretation of the passages was discussed, it was pointed out that the more you search in scripture, the less you will probably understand. This wonderful thing will happen and “you’ll think you get it and you’ll want to tell everyone. But you won’t. You can’t completely understand Jesus.”

Revelation is one of my favorite books of the Bible because of strong imagery, but I have never studied it seriously before. Several things that happened today told me that I should, as well as the books of the major prophets.

Matthew 24:42-51

42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.

45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Yes, the Bible says that no one knows the date or hour (Matthew 24:36), but it is our duty to know the time and generation by seeking it out in the scriptures. As children of God, we should be paying attention to what the spirit is doing globally and know how to identify the season we are in.

Matthew 24:33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.

I don’t want to stand by and not be engaged in what is happening. I want to be an “anointed observer” – someone who knows what events are happening in the nations and by watching and praying, knowing what the spirit is doing.

I Want More of You

I can’t seem to get my mind off of one thing: If I truly understood that this all wasn’t about me – that it was all about the glory of His name – and if I understood what He did for me…and then I fine myself unable to stop smiling. All I want is to get it – all of it. Though I know that it will never happen in this lifetime, I find joy in the simple fact that I can spend the rest of my life praising God and seeking after Him for who He is. I’m just so excited for what God has in store.