Little Bit by Little Bit, Day by Day

Little by little, day by day, sums up how life is lived. Every morning our task is to get out of bed and get back into our daily business and prepare for the random surprise occurrences, the special events, or accidents that come into all our lives.

 

My husband’s nephew has suffered a one auto accident that caused him to lose his left arm and the past week has been a series of visits to him in hospital and wonderings about him and his family’s welfare and how to help them. The family is rallying around him and watching prayerfully. Complications  from bruising, plastic surgery, and possible internal injuries aren’t ascertained completely even now a full week later. We had dinner with some of the family last evening and appreciated that we have each member to hold us up in good times and bad.

 

We just enjoyed  those comforts and blessings and quietly conversed about these things and casual daily doings while we ate meatloaf, mashed potatoes, fresh green snap peas, cooked greens, and fresh salad, and kraut and wienies, with a choice of fresh baked 50/50 wheat bread and blue cornbread, and a payday type cake for desert, some of which the guests brought to make dinner into the banquet it always becomes whenever we get together. It was a serious bounty of plenty and we all were hungry for both the food and togetherness. After a long while of talking at table after dinner we moved to find more comfort in plush chairs and sofas in the living room where we continued our conversations unwilling to part, yet being sated with savory foods and some of us (me as hostess in particular) being  a bit drowsy.

 

Gazing at one of my paintings of cut grapefruits and sea shells my sister-in-law, my husband’s brother’s wife, asked  how I painted something to appear so lifelike as to be able to pluck it off the canvas. That’s a very basic common question that always causes me to ponder how to succinctly convey the entire process in a couple of easy sentences at least some of the method of artistic portrayal. I try to answer according to my perception of the questioner’s level of interest in making the inquiry as we all do with such questionings, no need to teach a seminar from the idle question.

 

But she was genuinely curious and likes my work enough to be proud of the painting I gave her for her living room.  So I just said,  “Little by little, just looking and painting little bit by little bit, day by day.” Of course that didn’t tell too much technically, but she would know more and asked, “Yes, but how do you know what to paint and how it looks, do you have something to go by? Do you take a picture?”  I replied, “Yes, and yes, I take a picture after I study the subject.” I didn’t elaborate. Her interest does mean a lot to me  though and I thanked her for her questions.

 

I woke up this morning thinking of “little bit by little bit, day by day“, and how the important things are so hard to explain in few words to most of us. Writers are gifted with the ability and the rest of us try to break the barriers of understanding to share these passages of common times, surprises, events.  Then I prayed and opened up the bible the Word of God to;

 

 Isaiah 40

King James Version (KJV)

40 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.

2 Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.

3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:

5 And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

6 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:

7 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.

8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

 

I read through chapter 42  then moved over to other readings in the New Testament, received no earth shattering direct wisdom but the general principles therein, and then I began to appreciate a bit more how it is just  little bit by little bit, day by day, God is training us to observe Him in all things and helping us to see with our eyes and hear with our ears through the power of the Holy Ghost through submission to the Father through the Son when our prayers are tempered and enabled by the Word when we remember to read it.

 

Grapefruit and Lightning Whelk Shells

 

 

Just as the paintings are completed and then become mysterious yet self evident  finished works our lives are an evident witness of God’s creation and perfecting grace that are hard to break down and explain succinctly. It takes little bit by little bit, day by day walking in the Spirit with Jesus.

 

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8 thoughts on “Little Bit by Little Bit, Day by Day

  1. Oh Ma, I’m so sorry to hear about your nephew an am praying for strength to heal and get through all of this. Praying for his professional staff having wisdom to help him, guide him and make the best decisions for his healing. Strength for his family, those who will be helping him and encouraging him. How nice to get together with family to commune, eating good foods, conversing and reminiscing. Prayers are with you and your post is very lovely, thank you!

  2. Ma says:

    I’m sorry to hear about your huband’s nephew. Last summer my husband’s brother was in a fork lift accident at his job and lost a good portion of his left foot. He’s pretty much in the clear now, but I remember how hard it was through all the surgeries and such. I hope all goes well with your relative and his family.

    The painting is lovely. I am specially touched by the real sense of light in it.

  3. Hi Ma, thank you for the encouragement about our nephew, it is good to hear your brother-in-law is recovered and adapting. Our “R” is already getting his therapy and will be in hospital for at least 2 weeks more, he’s learned to bathe himself and brush his teeth with one arm and is building up his strength in it to compensate. I think he’s positive at this point and thankful to be alive yet still in a state of acceptance.

    Glad you like the light in the painting, that is one thing I am in wonder of that things change according to the light, always reminds me of looking at things in the “right light” and helps me to “see” things better. 🙂

  4. Wow, Muse, sorry about your husband’s nephew. We just never know from one day to the next what is in store for us. “Little by little, day by day” is so true. I’ve been thinking alot about this lately, about how things change, and about how we adapt and go on, how we get changed by the things that happen…we get changed either for the better (learning and growing closer to Jesus) or worse (growing angry and bitter).

    The painting is lovely! I want to get into painting. In high school I was very good at drawing and painting and using pastels, etc, when I get myself a bit more organized I hope to get back into those creative arts.

    Hugs my sister!
    Susan

  5. Thanks for kind words about “R”, he is due to be released from hospital this week if all goes well and his therapy is going well. Mercifully, it was his left arm, as he’s right handed.

    Also thank you for noticing the painting, I want to paint more too, been so busy learning and teaching I have been mostly painting in my head. 🙂

    Susan, I’m not a bit surprised to learn that you draw and paint too as you’re so observant and thoughtful.

    On the changing processes we undergo in life, I hope we both grow closer to Jesus. Sometimes it hurts a whole lot with my “dragon skin” coming off. 😀

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