I will be posting a visual blog to include one of my mosaics and one piece of watercolor art. I include lettering on my original watercolor art because I am a collector of good words. You can see what words resonate with me by following my Good Words Pins on Pinterest here. Good Words. Aren’t you just envious of the great things people say? I know I am.
My mosaics are my love. This watering pitcher was sold and shipped out today. I quick took a few more pictures of it sitting next to some of my hostas and resting on the farmhouse porch. It will make its way to Virginia and have a happy home with a friend. You can find more of my designs here on this website OR Here at Mosaics at the Farm.
I also included a picture of one of my mini watercolor paintings. It is hard to tell by the photo but it is about 2 inches x 3 inches. Small but the message is big. We often want what “they” have. You’ve no doubt heard the saying, “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence” Or so we think. We think, but we don’t know. We don’t really know what it is like inside the life of someone we envy. We want their brand new car or their money to afford a housekeeper. We wish we were thin like her. Or muscular like him.
We Don’t Know What We Don’t See
The trouble is, they only show us what they want us to see. If we think their life is better than our life and we traded spots, we’d come to find out the greener grass came with a lot of baggage. Hidden sorrows. And perhaps pain than we ever imagined.
I remember one of my daughters in their early teen years coming to the startling realization that things aren’t always as they seem. It was at summer camp. She was with peers in a small group discussion about the hard truths of life. Trust led to a moment of vulnerability and the girls my daughter thought were “all put together” were really falling apart. Like she was. She learned a valuable lesson: no one is free from struggles. At least not the ones on the inside. The girls with the prettiest faces, the fittest bodies, and the most possessions still struggle with self-loathing, insecurities, envy, and stress. We see the green grass. We don’t see the roots.
I’ll Tend to My Garden, You Tend to Yours
So, as I say farewell to the watering pitcher, I remind myself that the grass is greener where I water it. If I want my marriage to be the best marriage, I need to spend time nurturing it, feeding it, tending to it, loving it. It will grow with solid roots. And if I want to be the best “me”, I must water myself with the truth of His Word. I must treat myself with respect. I must remind myself I am loved, I am the one He fights for when He leaves the ninety-nine. And so are you!
Water your little garden patch. And I’ll water mine. We’ll have a much better world.