Inspiration: [Ecclesiastes 3:1-8]
For those who are burned out and stressed with life’s happenings and demands, remembering that all such contrasts; happiness and grief, life and death, as such that are felt in this lifetime, is normal under the heavens. May the realization of eternity God set in your heart encourage you greatly.
Disclaimer: The following statements below are in cross-reference to Psalm 88:8-9; Ecclesiastes 7:2 ; Isaiah 55:8-9.
There are just days when I want to be honest;
I’ve neglected how I’ve got to where I am.
Times when all I hear is a tempest,
and amidst it without a friend.
Moments that despair overrode laughter.
When denying my own storms seemed best,
hoping that the worst in me would not matter
anymore than reaching the depressed.
Moments to listen over confiding personal fears:
A strife between the need to explain oneself,
and to be understood plainly, yet lend an ear
to consolidate those in distress.
Nights when I thought about the day’s endeavors;
Staying awake to embrace short notices of affection
to forget and let fade the pressures unprepared for.
By grace, I remember the Almighty’s protection.
That time when dreams and the future became a list;
while reasoning became the basis of destination——
that was not just it because my thoughts are not His.
For what came to pass is useless without revelation.
Years that were mixed with contempt and questions;
the tasks and conversations thought futile only meant more
when eternity set and detoured priorities and intentions.
What proved to last and will be is worth living and dying for.
Note: “Omni” is the name I’ve given to this blog’s mascot, the wolf.
I’ve always had a thing for wolves and drew them differently from how they are usually perceived. Although these sort of animals are known to be very fierce, I drew the kind of wolf that appeared rather gentle and kind. The reason I did so was to symbolically explain my dislike for stereotyping both in physical and personal aspects. This later mirrored the idea for me to come up with a graphic novel (pretty sure this will take a while to come up with) based on my personal life using the story of Omni.
A lot of pressure from studies, feelings of isolation from class during high school and family problems had kept me for a while thinking about the impossibility of this project plus the idea that artists could not profit much came pretty daunting to me due to my dad’s doubts. If it were not by God’s grace, I would not have bothered experimenting on the wolf character design at all. Continue reading “The Evolution of Omni”
Disclaimer: This article is for the struggling Christians undergoing seemingly unreasonable situations. It is my hope to encourage them not to lose heart despite the struggles. If you happen to have questions about this topic or would like to discuss, feel free to drop me an email (see contact page).
Life in many ways can be undeniably cruel and unjust. With the access of social media, it’s very easy to get torn by all kinds of news all over the world aside from that of the personal lives of your friends. In fact, if you ask me if it’s possible to evade the harsh realities of life, I’d say that would be unlikely. Turning to alcohol, smoking, entertainment as such to forget these realities for a while doesn’t necessarily make things lighter permanently because unexpected troubles are yet to come and be faced. These outlets also may relieve stress momentarily only to face it once again the next day—a countless unpredictable cycle of relieving and being overwhelmed.
Continue reading “Goodbye Cruel World”