Alpine Village

Alpine Village


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4" x 6" original watercolor painting

This is Jabril. Born into a large family with parents who had decided at some point that fielding a football team of brothers and sisters was a great goal. By the time they had rounded out the offensive and defensive sides of the ball they were exhausted and emotionally listless. Somewhere in the midst of completing the linebacker corps came Jabril.

Home life was competitive. Everything available for the victors; very little remaining for the meek. Food, clothing, attention, love and even air to breath were currency in his childhood home. Some siblings were taller and more ornate, others were born a little closer to God, and others still were enormous and filled with fine rooms and furnishings, it was an uphill climb just to remain relevant.

The homestead was a beautiful location nestled in an alpine valley within spitting distance of a glacier fed lake. From across the crystalline water it was often remarked that this family had it all in this idyllic setting. Jabril wondered if these onlookers ever even noticed him and the part he played in the creation of this evergreen pastoral.

“Perhaps,” he thought, “I am not meant for this place at all! I am neither tall, nor strong. I do not point people to heaven nor am I filled with books to elevate their thoughts and hearts. Why was I even created?”

It was only the master architect who knew the reason for Jabril’s existence. He was not adorned with stately furnishings or much ornamentation at all. He was, nonetheless, the most critical building on the homestead. Without him was nothing made which had been made. He was situated at the very core of reason and the purpose of existence. One day Jabril would know the reasons and see the blueprints that were created. Until that time he was left to wonder.

And you, as you pass along the opposite shore, I wonder can you see him?

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