Psalm 11 - By S. Jewell S. McGhee
I have decided to trust God and what he says.
But what about what others say?
But what about those who belittle me and make fun of me?
But what about those who target Christians, they play dirty and shoot from the shadows?
But what about when my world and stability is shaken to its core?
What do I do? What does trust and surrender look like then?
The LORD is stability.
The LORD is holy, he is god, he is God.
The LORD is the ruler of every realm.
The LORD is above and beyond and outside of the world.
The LORD is within and active and a part of the world.
The LORD sees.
The LORD comprehends.
He looks on the righteous with favor
He hates wickedness and violence.
He will judge them and bring justice.
Hardship and pain will follow wickedness
The LORD is righteous
The LORD loves justice.
He will be seen by those who seek his face.
I will trust God and what he says.
S. Jewell S. McGhee
Jewell is an artist who has come to be known also as an author. She often writes a reflection to go with her art pieces and has been paraphrasing the psalms for many years.
About the Artist
S. Jewell S. McGhee likes to call her art “painting with pencils.” She first started using colored pencils to help her mother write names on lunch bags for school. “My mom would pick matching themes for the names on our bags; all balloons, or sunrises, or sometimes just geometric shapes. She always made them so beautiful; a plain brown bag lunch was, all at once, a love note, a story, a hug, and simple colors to enlighten us for the rest of the day.” These bags also became a constant reminder that art was simple, attainable, and a necessary part of every day.
“I always start with a story.” Every time you hear a story you have a physical (tears, a chuckle, or a smile) or mental (confusion, contentment) reaction which is unable to be explained in words alone. “I like to use abstract art as a medium to dive deeply into the complicated mess of a story and discover something more about it and about myself.” She follows the flow of a story and finds the shapes and colors that express its fundamental emotions and questions.
Jewell uses her art to interpret the stories of Shakespeare, the newspaper, the Bible, and her own life. “As I grapple with Hamlet, I see lines-sharp and violent-cutting through relationships and into love. There is red: obviously for blood, but also for love (a riddle itself). A golden crown, a golden son; a golden sun breaking through ghosts, clouds, and lives to reveal blackness and blood.” How black is the blackness of hate? What texture is grace? What shape is confusion, or desperation, or promise? These are the questions these pieces ask.