Complementary Colors: Divine Faithfulness and Human Surrender

Often unexpected circumstances take us where we do not want to go. Yet the resulting blessings of acceptance form a beautiful bouquet of complimentary colors—a mixture of divine will and human surrender.

purple iris, yellow roses

Recently, I wrestled with acceptance of a situation that was causing me consternation; I was challenged to trust God during a directional change I was not prepared to take. I wanted to scream, “Wait, Lord, I’m not ready to move on.”

purple iris with yellow roses

Then an unexpected comment appeared on my blog:

“Hi, I found your website by looking for a picture of a tree by a river. The picture you took of a willow tree by the river is what came up.

willow tree by river

Would you be willing to allow us to print a 17 X 22 copy of that photo for use in our church for one year?

I would like to include a Bible verse – Jeremiah 17:7-8 – with it and hang it in the church. One of our themes for this year is trusting the Lord and this is exactly the picture that Jeremiah gives of a person who places his trust in God…”

(The Tree of Life and the Hidden Element)

When I read this request and then looked up the scripture, Jeremiah 17:7-8, I knew a spiritual message had come my way:

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord
And whose trust is the Lord.
“For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit.



About JoDee Luna

“I’m lost in a love affair with portrait painting!” JoDee Luna confesses. This author, artist, and educator describes herself as a creative eclectic due to her diverse history, multiple talents, and various career pursuits. She enjoys a host of creative expressions: mixed media, mask making, floral designing, photography, sculpture, and gardening. JoDee believes the creative process infuses her with the courage to try on new artistic identities, take inspired risks, and explore imaginative ideas. She seeks to share her insights with others through her book, Refrain from the Identical: Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics and website by the same name, Both provide helpful tips and inspiration for artistic multi-taskers, those who enjoy various forms of artistic expression.
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2 Responses to Complementary Colors: Divine Faithfulness and Human Surrender

  1. Dianne says:

    Hey JoDee, I really appreciated your ideas here, that seemingly opposite situations, feelings, etc. can be complementary. Reminds me again to not discard anything from my life, even the yucky stuff. 🙂 Love that photo too.

    I tried to email you but it bounced back. Do you have a new email address?

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