We have been blessed with a new granddaughter this week. She is adjusting well to life outside the quiet confines of the womb. Although, since babies hear inside the womb, having four brothers meant that maybe it wasn’t so quiet after all!
The blessing in this is that baby Rachel sleeps right through the busy play of her brothers – she is conditioned to the noise of active play.
The addition of this precious little one has given the impression that all the parts of this family form a coherent whole. Does that mean that if Rachel had been a boy, or another child had not been added to this family that it would not be complete?
Not at all.
It does mean that once a child is added to a family through birth or adoption it is hard to imagine the family without that child. Each member of the family has a part in the family that is unduplicated and special.
I remember when we found out I was pregnant with our 3rd child and her older sister was just 6 months old. I was overwhelmed and exhausted, yet here was another child growing inside me!
I cannot imagine our family without the presence of this child, now a mother herself.
In art, the definition of “harmony” is as follows –
“The arrangement of elements to give the viewer the feeling that all the parts of the piece form a coherent whole.”
Ephesians 4:3 Amplified Bible
3 Be eager and strive earnestly to guard and keep the harmony and oneness of the Spirit in the binding power of peace.
I love how the Amplified translation uses the phrase – “binding power of peace”.
What a beautiful image – when we make the effort to keep harmony in our relationships, it will BIND us together in peace!
As an artist, I must be intentional about creating harmony in my art work. I cannot randomly add color or objects without a plan, otherwise the completed artwork will not be harmonious. I always sketch out my idea first on paper, even if I am planning to work in clay or make a handmade book. This way, I can see if the parts come together in harmony before I use valuable time and supplies. I can make needed adjustments in the sketch.
Romans 12:16 Amplified Bible
16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty (snobbish, high-minded, exclusive), but readily adjust yourself to [people, things] and give yourselves to humble tasks. Never overestimate yourself or be wise in your own conceits.
Giving ourselves to humble tasks creates harmony.
My students often wanted to “just start painting – I know what I want to paint”. I required them to engage in the “humble” task of drawing first. It ALWAYS paid off.
Giving ourselves to humble tasks creates harmony in our relationships.
Changing diapers, cleaning the bathroom, planning meals ahead of time – all these humble tasks create harmony. Instead of opening the refrigerator at 5:00 pm and seeing if there is anything for supper (my common practice when our children were small) planning meals ahead helps avoid stress when the family is hungry.
My friend Carol and I were sharing recently what a blessing it had been to have our mothers come and stay with us when our children were born. Both were wonderful examples of doing the humble tasks that helped create harmony in those days of adjustment after a new baby comes home.
Carol and I have both recently had the chance to do what our mothers did for us – now for our adult children. (Carol has had three new grandchildren this year!)
May we create harmony in our realtionships by binding ourselves together in peace and serving one another with humble tasks. What a blessing this will be to our families!