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Apr 25

Good morning, Lord.
Thank you for the cooler weather, the breeze, and the good start to this day. Thank you for the opportunity to “meet” and encourage so many awesome artists on dA. Please help me to accomplish this day whatever YOU would have me do, Lord. I so appreciate the peace that I feel, despite having so many things I feel I MUST do, others that I SHOULD do, and yet others that I WANT to do. So many projects, so little ME to go around, lol. Thank you for giving me so very many things to keep me busy in this life, Father. Thank you for your amazing patience with little me. Amen.

 
Daniel 7:1-8 ERV

During the first year that Belshazzar was king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream. He saw these visions while he was lying on his bed, and he wrote what he had dreamed. 
Daniel said, “I saw my vision at night. In the vision the wind was blowing from all four directions. These winds made the sea rough. 
I saw four big animals and each one was different from the others. These four animals came up out of the sea. 
“The first animal looked like a lion, but it had wings like an eagle. As I watched, its wings were torn off. It was helped up from the ground, and it stood up on two feet like a human. Then it was given a human mind. 
“Then I saw another animal there in front of me that looked like a bear. It was raised up on one of its sides, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. It was told, ‘Get up and eat all the meat you want!’ 
“After that I noticed another animal in front of me. It looked like a leopard, but it had four wings on its back. This animal had four heads. It was given authority to rule. 
“After that, in my vision at night, I looked, and there in front of me was a fourth animal. It looked very cruel and terrifying. It looked very strong, with large iron teeth. This animal crushed and ate its victims and walked on whatever was left of them. This fourth animal was different from all the animals I saw before it. This animal had ten horns. 
“While I was looking at the horns and thinking about them, another horn grew up among them. This was a little horn with eyes like a human. It also had a mouth that was bragging. Then the little horn pulled out three of the other horns. 

 
Lord, today I am truly appreciating you as an artist. Not only are you writing the stories of each of our lives (and giving us free will to mess up the plotlines ourselves!), but you even give people visions and dreams and other types of understandings — almost always in an artistic format like Daniel’s vision above. And just like the art on dA, I really don’t feel a need to understand the artist’s symbolism — I can just appreciate the heart behind it. I see the creativity of the Creator reflected from within the pinnacle of His creation — mankind.

 

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