How a picture of Humpty Dumpty showed me pride
I am doing a challenge experiment in drawing — to make my mind expand but also to hear God at the same time. I try to do this in my writing too. I put 33 dots on a piece of art paper, outline them and then colour. Then I pray. I ask, “How can I make anything out of this?”.
At first, when I looked at the outline alone and turned it round and round I kept seeing crowns.
That carried back to Lord of the Rings and my reading of the third book in the series. There are a series of kings in the story. Good and bad. Then I am also reading David Kitz’s book “The Soldier Who Killed a King” and we have read both Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, followed by Herod’s entry. A study of two kings. Quite the differences.
But then I got to thinking that I saw an egg — and an egg person.
Now comes the harder part. Lord, “ What is this? What are you showing me?”
Why Humpty Dumpty?
I googled “Humpty Dumpty” and as I read through article after article it seems to me that this sentence made the most sense:
Perhaps, in this instance, we could take advice from Humpty Dumpty himself, as seen in Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll:
“When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less “ (Lewis Carroll).
People will always attribute more meaning to nursery rhymes than was initially intended (from The Origin of Humpty Dumpty).
I like to take the rhyme of Humpty Dumpty as a riddle. So I asked God what He thought. I prayed. I listened.
Since anyone sitting atop of a wall should be careful — an egg has to be even more careful. It’s vulnerable up high. You need to watch when you gain “importance” that you don’t think you are better than anyone else.
You need to remember all those Proverbs you studied, Janis. Remember this one?
Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth;
an outsider, and not your own lips.
For he who praises himself writes himself down a fool in capital letters (Charles Spurgeon).
All men and women — all are vulnerable to sin. It will catch you when you are least aware. What you think you are doing may be pleasing to you but not to Me.
That made me go back over my week. Where had I held those prideful thoughts? Did I feel good that people were reading my work? — yes. Am I letting it go to my head? — I hope not.
Had I been checking “likes” and not writing instead? — I had slowed down from cell phone glancing. I put my phone on silent for almost all the day and away from my view. I stopped checking unless I was commenting.
God is teaching me.
Did I think disparagingly at others when they were not doing well? — I certainly hope not. I prayed instead.
Am I being honest with God? — I sure hope so.
Lord, I want to please You. That’s my first and foremost thought during the day. Help me to keep writing and painting; to keep connecting and praying for others; to help anyone that comes in my path that I can be of help too. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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