“A Hundred-Million Miracles”…The Strange Appearance of a Seemingly Doomed Little Girl…

{Edited on September 12, 2016 & on September 21, 2016}

A Monday in September, 2016

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      https://i2.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/9/2/d/0/1194983991962367982paint.svg.thumb.pngThat image of the kneeling young girl that somehow ended up in my etching-on-wood[pictured above]was not one that I had intended to be in that etched drawing at all.  I was using a battery operated etching tool, and had been hurrying to finish it in order to enter it into an online art contest.  As I stopped working on it in order to assess my progress, [or lack thereof], I was shocked to see that image[pictured above, at the top of this blog entry]. 

     https://i1.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/n/i/r/i/5/L/swan-th.pngTo make matters worse, the image-in-profile looked so much like I did at about age 5 or 6.  [Yes, I actually remember being that young once 🙂 ]  And yes, if you saw pictures taken of me at that age, the resemblance would be readily noticeable. As I  looked at her kneeling there, I remembered a blue knit cardigan sweater I used to have {when a bit older than the little girl appears to be} that I loved, so used to wear it all the time.  However, on closer inspection, I suddenly realized her right arm actually appeared to be more like that of a bird’s wing, rather than a human arm[!]  And, her right leg appeared to be so skinny as to make it appear to be the leg of a child who had been nearly starved to death.  Also, as I looked further still, I noticed that right above her bowed head appeared to be either a very large club, or an executioner’s axe of some kind, hanging right above her[!]. 

  https://i1.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/U/W/U/K/F/0/blonde-student-th.png      That’s when I realized what it seemed to be showing:  A small girl kneeling, with head bowed, with her arms down at her sides in seeming resignation, as she awaited the executioner’s axe    https://i2.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/2/d/8/3/12811062221992255367arm%20with%20axe.svg.thumb.png      .  Talk about being shocked!  I was completely surprised and mystified as to how that image had appeared in my rough, crude etching-on-wood[?].  One other thing that I found so odd is the fact that, the county I now live in, has a shape that is more than vaguely reminiscent of that club-axe being held over her head:

https://i2.wp.com/www.salemcountynj.gov/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Mapsmall-284x300.jpg  [!!!]

       https://i1.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/n/i/r/i/5/L/swan-th.pngAlso, below the figure of the kneeling child, is the ‘lake'[and I use that term very loosely] I had tried in vain to create.  I didn’t like the way it looked, but no matter how hard I tried, it stubbornly remained as it appears now. I could not improve on it, or change it, for some reason.  So, it still looks more like a devil’s horn   https://i0.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/C/k/a/K/A/V/purple-devil-horns.svg.thumb.png            or bull’s horn, or a cornucopia,     https://i1.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/B/y/E/B/H/g/cornucopia-herbs-th.png  than any lake I’ve ever seen.  But, once I spotted the image of the kneeling little girl that had appeared above the awful-looking, oddly shaped lake, it suddenly made some sense to me–in the story that I tried weaving together in my mind, she had been wrongly accused, and was about to be summarily executed, since no one even wanted to hear her side of the story!  I had already labeled my attempted etching, “Where my heart lives”, because I love the mountains so very much.  Yet, with the appearance of the mysterious little girl who is about to be executed so cruelly right at the bottom of those mountains, that title suddenly sounded wildly inappropriate! 

       https://i1.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/n/i/r/i/5/L/swan-th.pngNow, I truly do believe the completely mysterious appearance of that seemingly doomed child in my etching has to have a positive side to it–it can’t simply be some kind of dark omen of evil–however, I’ve considered that it might be a premonition-style warning, only because I fully believe it was our heavenly Father’s doing that her image is now part of my etching: considering the fact that it appeared there even though I had been studiously scratching out images of peaks and valleys, along with that ridiculous-looking lake, and all of that frenetic activity on my part did not include carving out that profile of a little girl in distress. So, since “Serendipity” is behind it, then of godly origin it must be.  [To my thinking, of course!]

       https://i2.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/5/4/e/4/1240704403568292036Angelo_Gemmi_croce_smaltata.svg.thumb.png    “…God is love.”[1 John 4:8] as the apostle John wrote. 

So, I’m just going to go ahead and hang on to the words written by King Solomon so very long ago, and preserved for us by God, in copies of His written word, and not worry as to why the little girl showed up inside my etching that way, totally unbeknownst to me:

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding”[Proverbs 3:5 AKJV] {Amen}

     https://i1.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/e/V/F/o/6/b/necklace-th.png“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ;”[Ephesians 1:3 KJV;]{Amen}

     https://i0.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/3/b/0/d/12247844751816776100wsnaccad_feather-pen.svg.thumb.png“Mouths biting empty air, The still stone dogs, Caught in metamorphosis, were left him as epilogues”[ Ezra Pound, from the poem, “Mauberley”]

Well, ummm…thanks for that, Ezra Pound.     https://i2.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/3/3/6/a/119498454029858016people.svg.thumb.png

 https://i1.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/n/i/r/i/5/L/swan-th.png  “Happy trails to you….’til we meet again.”   https://i1.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/1/e/9/f/1197086006670115704johnny_automatic_cattle_drive.svg.thumb.png

https://i0.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/N/I/y/a/Q/h/edit-button-th.png{Edited to add this postscript concerning that ‘axe’ in the etching above the little girl’s head: 

  https://i1.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/c/9/5/9/1328646032162198635Swan%20Making%20a%20Heart.svg.thumb.png       It just occurred to me that my maternal great-grandmother’s maiden name was “Auxier”.  When I did some research into that last name, it turned out to have been completely a family creation, not the original last name at all.  In fact, it was said to be an altered version of what was thought to be the original German last name of the two brothers who immigrated to this country mid-17th century.  The original spelling is very hard to pin down, but a close approximation of the last name might be: Axer[pronounced Awks-er, or Ox-er].  It’s thought that the brothers had worked with wood, or had been lumber jacks, back in Germany, which was reflected in the name chosen to represent them–Axer.  Due to the family-changed spelling, though, it’s led to much confusion among family members, considering that the ‘new’ spelling appears to be of French origin.  However, the pronunciation of the name points directly back to Germany, and the harsher-sounding AXER[Ox-er], and not to the softer-sounding French pronunciation[which is closer to Oh-zg-ee-ay]. 

  https://i1.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/V/N/P/D/I/N/loving-swans-th.png          When I was growing up, I would hear grandma speak about her mother’s family with such fondness, and she always pronounced that last name as “Awk-shur”–which is why one of my uncle’s had such a tough time finding any information on great-grandma Amy Auxier’s family.  Yet, I found the maiden name of my maternal great-grandma Amy McCray[MacRae] in her daughter’s [my maternal grandma Henrickson’s] Bible, that I’d given to her one Christmas.  I was stunned to realize how it was really spelled, and it did explain why my uncle could never locate information on that branch of our family!

 https://i0.wp.com/www.clker.com/cliparts/c/9/a/6/1328646396218614176White%20and%20Black%20Swans.svg.thumb.png           I, also, realized how ironic all of that was, considering the mysterious appearance of the ominous-looking axe in my etching, poised above the child’s bowed head.  The problem is, though–who is wielding it?!

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John Lennon

“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?”
John Lennon

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/faith  }

“Sometimes God allows what he hates to accomplish what he loves.”
― Joni Eareckson Tada, “The God I Love”
“[To have Faith in Christ] means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way. Not doing these things in order to be saved, but because He has begun to save you already. Not hoping to get to Heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of Heaven is already inside you.”
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity  {   https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/faith?page=2  }
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