Pie in Charts

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Milly’s Touchstone

I’m just playing with words.  Did it catch your attention?  Imagine an actual pie in a chart.  I have three great inspirations for posts in my head.  When God moves… I’m tellin’ ya, I have to run to keep up!

God Is Light. 5 Now this is the message that we have heard from him and proclaim to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all. [I John 1:5 NABRE]

God is afoot in our world.  This week’s journey is like I’m headed downhill on a bicycle, feet in the air and no brakes.  Woo Hoo!  My inspirations are pie charts, feet, and future hope.  Future Hope disappeared from my computer on Monday.  I suspect the cloud ate it.  I opened a blank Word document and wrote the first item I drew from my brain, Pie in Charts.  That sounds almost yummy.  I like pie, especially apple!

Anyway… I got schooled by God the Father in pie charts this week. Did you know there is more than one kind of pie chart?  As He often does He brings people into our lives to bring His messages.  A good friend of mine expressed her concern for me.  My health had gone off the rails last week, and I was becoming physically unbalanced.

I was on track with healthy eating but, my exercise had become sporadic.  I was also getting caught up in my crazy busy life.  My shoulders are freezing up by sitting at my computers too much.  My friend said I needed to find what was important in my life.

She asked me if I would make a pie chart of the priorities in my life.  Things like work, health, spiritual, etc.  “Sure,” I said ready to get back to the computer and fill the spreadsheet boxes.  Then the spreadsheet will generate the Pie Chart of Milly’s life.  Easy Peasy!

MillysPieChart

You know me, type A to the max!  That evening I fired up the laptop and created a chart of my priorities and estimated hours per week I spend on each one.  Once I finished I looked over my work.  I’m sure my face fell.  There is no way my priorities would get the attention they deserve in the time allotted.  I became depressed.

This didn’t feel right.  There was no energy.  I was deflated and overwhelmed.  I set the pie chart aside for a couple of days until I could talk to my friend again.  When I explained my reaction to the pie chart she chuckled.  She described something much simpler than all of my calculations.

Each section is equal in priority.  Pick a different color for each section of the pie.  Then I can use it as a touchstone.  When I look at my chart, the missing piece will be there.  The bulb flashed in my brain.  I somehow missed this part of her advice.  Rather than giving my brain a visual for my day; I created a work product.  No wonder I’m tired!  I’m making it harder than it has to be!

My imagination began to soar.  I could create a pie chart by hand.  Maybe I could create a homemade fruit pie or a pinwheel?  For inspiration, I pulled out my new relaxation coloring book, The Psalms in Color Coloring Book by Christian Art Publishers.  In the book, I found a touchstone.  It is the picture I am working on in the above photo.

The delicate petals of the flowers are gentle touch points for my priorities.  The Lord is at the center touching each of my priorities in a never-ending circle.  God and I can touch any priority in any order that the day brings.  With God at the center, it focuses me on Him in all of my comings and goings.

The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore. [Psalms 121:8 NKJV]

I chose my colors based on light.  I thought of the order of colors in a rainbow.  At first, I hesitated to use those colors because of the political and cultural hijacking of the rainbow.  My choice has nothing to do with the symbols man designates.

As I understand it, a rainbow is light striking water droplets in the clouds.  When this happens we see light refracted into the rainbow’s primary colors in order of their wavelength.  It transforms white light into an orderly red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.  There is no chaos in the rainbow.  It is clear and bright.  It reminds me of when there is chaos in my life I need to move closer to my center, God.  The rainbow is also God’s promise.  It is a visual reminder of God’s covenant with Noah.

When the bow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature—every mortal being that is on earth.  [Genesis 9:16 NABRE]

I had a problem though.  In the picture I was inspired by, there are eight flowers.  What is the other color?  I could reuse my favorite color blue but that didn’t seem right.  Staring at the middle of the circle, I saw the word Lord dressed in purple against a pure white background.  Recalling my physics lessons, white light is all the wavelengths (colors) of light together.  We say God is omnipresent. He is everything.  He is our center.  Even the scriptures say God is Light.  The other color is white for my spiritual growth because He takes away my sins and makes me white as snow (Isaiah 1:18).

I discovered him in the middle of my pie chart.  My pie chart is no longer of my creation with numbers and schedules.  It is God touching each part of my life with His Light.

Let God touch your day.  It will be brighter with His Light.

God Bless,

Milly

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