Six years ago, after a trip to France I started taking art lessons for the first time. Going to Monet’s home and gardens was a marvel to experience where he actually painted so many of his master pieces. Over the next few years, I ended up painting in oil. Above and throughout this post are some of my latest paintings.
For me “showing up at the easel,” is a lot like showing up for life.
Painting doesn’t come easy for me. I had rather sit and write than “stand at the easel.” Writing comes easy but painting is difficult.
Radnor Lake Reflections
“Showing up at the easel” for me, means standing up and doing the hard thing; not something I want to do, but rather something challenging! Because I have so little training as an artist, it is not always a joy to step into the art room.
Radnor Lake in Winter
Most of us have things God has directed us to do, but we don’t want to show up! It’s easier to make excuses, procrastinate, ignore “the word” and pretend you didn’t hear.
God is calling us to obedience without understanding. I am learning, on this often-lonely journey, that breakthrough and blessings come through blind obedience.
The narrow gate to holiness is getting narrower. The highroad to surrender is squeezing out compromise and “mixture.” God is serious about us showing up at the “easel” in obedience listening.
God is speaking a lot of hard things people don’t want to hear. We are so busy chasing the “next word of God” that we are not listening to what He is saying to us.
He is saying, “come up higher.”
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