Coming back from a recent trip to Atlanta, we had a layover in Chicago. Here’s the view outside my window from seat 8A. It is an amazing view coming into Chicago, the buildings seem to be right there! Also amazing, we landed just after another plane landed without its front landing gear down and skidded metal to concrete to a stop. No one was injured and the pilot is a hero! Our plane landed safely and our pilot is a hero!
My wife took a microbiology class because she’s into that stuff. She did a lot of studying, so we spent a lot of time at the coffee shop. Across the street was this automotive repair place that I thought looked like a challenge and had some character so I started drawing it. She studied Streptococcus Pyrogenes and Polymorphonuclear Neutrophils and I doodled. (spoiler alert: I copied these big words from her index cards…)
I started a new journal and this happens to be from my personal, private “collection” that I rarely share. (As if I’m like a fine wine maker who has his own private reserve)… but I have shared a few pics from my private journals that I thought you’d enjoy or get a chuckle from in the past. As some of you know, my relationship with Jesus Christ is the single most important thing to me and I am not ashamed of Him. I’m not interested in religions and denominations. I answer the call to His invitation to “come unto Me”. I want the reputation, “Brad, a man whose heart is after God’s heart.” I ache and hunger and thirst after this man. His name is Jesus who was innocent who became guilty so the guilty, (you and I) could become innocent, for the purpose of relationship with Him. Yes, I am thankful for salvation but I want more. I long for the deep things of God. I want to see His desires fulfilled that He has for me. I thoroughly enjoy walking with a God who sees the value in the life of a whore, hugs the smelly and the stinky, loves me enough to confront me of my own sin and wrong attitudes. He blesses those who hate and curse Him, tells you how to catch the biggest catch of fish you ever saw then asks you to walk away from it,…and doesn’t care if He’s politically correct or not. But probably the biggest question is why He wants to spend time with me? I’m really not that interesting. All I know is, when we’re together (all day) I feel His pleasure. And because I value this relationship, I want to invest in it, not see what I can get away with. Heaven isn’t my goal. He is the prize. Much like my marriage to my wife! Those are valuable relationships worth fighting for. I believe He’s coming back for a bride, not a girlfriend who wants benefits without comittment…
But this blog is about sketching and doodling life. I’m using a Stillman & Birn Beta Sketchbook, 14×21.6 cm, first time, for those who will ask, and yes, I really like this journal! I sketched this fountain machine at a Jack in the Box while eating a spicy chicken sandwich…haha!
The lost art of common sense comes in handy when going out on a day hike, of course you don’t really need all this, because the more you carry, the heavier it gets and you want to actually enjoy your walk and not having to feel like you’re in boot camp. If you’re just taking a stroll along a path around a lake at a State Park, water and a camera may be fine . The greater the adventure, the more you might want to consider. You’ll know what is important to you. All I know is, Spring is coming and Outdoors is calling!