Stories of Redemption in Unexpected Places

When everything feels lost and time has passed you by, there is still room for redemption.

Value is found in the most surprising of places.

Opportunities for redemption present themselves in extraordinary ways more often than you may recognize. Whether we are receiving redemption ourselves, or if we are participating in giving it to others, our hearts and our minds must remain open to see them and receive them.

Have you ever found yourself pausing and observing an event, or a picture, or a video, and not knowing why you are being pulled to that? A clue that you are observing a metaphor containing a lesson is that you might start experiencing surprising emotions of grief or rejoicing.

You Are a Work in Progress – a Majestic Work of Art

Metaphors are illustrations of God’s lessons. 

Recently, a friend sent me a brief video of an artist carving an image from a river rock that could fit in the palm of your hand.

Not only did this video resonate with my own experiences along life’s journey, but it illustrated many others I know who are struggling to stand up under painful circumstances.

Metaphors are a great way to help people understand something that is happening to them from a different perspective.

Is God’s Timing Perfect?

We hear the phrase, “God’s timing is perfect,” when there is a tragedy with an unfortunate outcome. To comfort ourselves, we say, “God’s timing is perfect.” 

What does that mean? That God knew exactly when to end the life of someone? That He knew that by the death of a loved one, the family would come together and heal? 

What does it mean when people say, “God’s timing is perfect?”

Does it mean that God’s timing is ironic? That God’s timing is one of judgment and punishment? Or does it mean that it is one of public reward or provision? Of course, this comment has the flip side towards the positive outcome of things. 

Learning How to See What is Not Obvious

To create … envision (see) the unseen.

To understand … listen to hear what is not being said.

Shannon Parish with graphic recordings in background

As an artist, I’ve naturally been fascinated by shapes, forms, and patterns (both in the physical realm and the behavioral, and spiritual realm.)

As a minister, those patterns are even more obvious because I have connected with a variety of personalities on multiple levels. 

My challenge was to understand that the world as I saw it, was not the only world surrounding me. People talk with different languages, even though we are all speaking the same national language. I had to learn how to see … and hear … what was not obvious in order to heal while gaining wisdom and understanding.

What to do when your faith has been shaken

12 Things I’ve noticed regarding the worldwide pandemic that brings hope.

Trials and tribulations have a way of exposing our true beliefs in what we say we have faith in versus, what we truly believe.

30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” )31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” –Matthew 14:22-33

When you become unrecognizable, change is on its way

When the world as you know it is unrecognizable, you can count on the fact that you are in a state of transitioning from what was to what is to come. 

God’s Fatherly wisdom gives us visual metaphors to explain His heart and His ways. The butterfly is one of those magnificent stories of change and transformation.

Butterfly eggs

Beginning as a tiny egg, the larvae hatch in the form of a caterpillar with a voracious appetite, eating everything in sight that is green and leafy. Growth occurs at an amazing rate of speed because of this drive to consume and the caterpillar grows larger and larger over time.