Come in, sit down, pour out your heart.

My BFF painted a canvas for me–a huge one! She titled it “Come”, and there is soooo much meaning to it, and soooo much appropriateness, it’s wonder-filling. :P

She mentions “harvest” in her explanation of the theme, and (by request) used harvest colours. Perhaps I’m actually a Harvest Person, because those are my favourite colours, and Fall is one of my favourite seasons. (The other favourites are Spring, Summer and Winter…. LOL! No really, I think Fall is my favourite.) Harvest is such a great time to invite people over to enjoy things like pumpkin pie, homemade pickles and jams, and other such produce from the garden.

“Come” is an invitation…

  • Glenda made this painting for me as a sort of “house-warming” gift, as I’ve wanted one ever since we moved into our new home last year. It (amazingly) didn’t take me long to get settled in our new home, and ever since, I’ve been wanting people to “come” and visit me! I was going to put the painting in the Family Room, where I’d invite people to come and make themselves comfortable; but I think I’ll put it in the hallway near the front door, where I’m inviting people to “Come in!” (The walls are even darker and makes the painting stand out better there.)
  • Our friendship is one that started way back in high school, a certain high school that is not too far from here. After high school, we were blessed to be able to invite people to our home together, as we shared an apartment in Almonte, and worked at the same Nursing Home there.
  • Glenda’s focus in her summary of the painting, was the souls that are “ripe for harvest”, ready to answer Jesus’ invitation. We’ve always shared this focus, but it has been more real to me in the past few years after taking the Perspectives missions course. (Which I’ve made some extensive notes on in this blog.) It’s breath-taking to see how God is working in the whole world, to realize that he has a glorious plan that is always moving forward!
  • There was a saying “going around” at the time when Glenda and I were in Almonte together. When you share a home is when you really get to know someone. You are forced to see their faults, and you either allow conflict to build, or you accept the faults and your relationship grows deeper. This saying (actually from the 1800’s) brings tears to my eyes as I remember it now, thinking about this precious friendship of so many years: “A friend is one to whom one may pour out the contents of one’s heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that gentle hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.”

  • This is the kind of close, accepting, loving relationship that Jesus died to procure for each individual on earth. “Come,” he says, pour out your heart to him.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me…” (Matthew 11:28)

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