Yet another Pentecost Sunday is here and I haven’t finished the Pentecost banner yet. But I’m inspired this morning.
Folding back the side edges by half a block, suddenly it all starts to make sense. I think now all it needs is another half-block on top, giving the middle yellow circle an orange peak — but I will not know for sure until I get into my studio and work.
A “good” Sister-in-training would probably go to church this morning and then come home to work on it this afternoon.
But, as well all know — and love me for it, surely — I am NOT a “good” Sister-in-training.
And, I am on fire right NOW and do not want to wait another hour (or four!) to begin the conversation with — dare I say it? — the Holy Spirit.
Last Sunday, in the very middle of service, my mind suddenly flew to the Pentecost banner. I grabbed up my phone to try and find a photo of the work-in-progress so I could get its image in my mind. It was a moment of inspiration — a pull so strong that I could not, would not let it go.
But as I scrolled through this website, looking for an image, I became very self-conscious. Here I was, in church, with my iPhone in my hand. I’m sure it looked as though I was sending texts in the middle of the gospel hymn. My mother turned her head to give me “that look” that mothers all know how to give — and I deserved that look.
But I think — no, I KNOW and it’s one of the very few things about God that I am quite certain of, in fact — that OUR rules are not the same as God’s rules.
So, today I stay home from church to work — this said just as I see my parent’s driving by my house while on their way to church — and I think that’s the right thing for me to do today. “Good” Sister-in-training or “bad,” it is who I am and what I choose.
By the way, the Pentecost banner was started a few months after I finished the Ascension Day banner (May 2009).
The season of Pentecost immediately follows the ten-day season of Ascension, the banners were meant to follow after each other in design also.
The Ascension banner’s blues indicating a heavenly rising, the reds of the Pentecost banner portraying the fires of the Holy Spirit.
You can read about the “Journey to Ascension” here.