Vision, Art and Faith meet Thankfulness
This week marks my full three months in Europe and, as always, these months are going by so so fast. Every time one of my “-versarys” comes around I find myself in a constant state of reflection and thankfulness for where I have come from and where I am now. And I have changed so much. Not just in my knowledge of the culture and geography of this side of the world, but more intangible growth: mentally, emotionally, and spiritually — a result of all I have seen, visited, explored and everyone I have met along the way.
It’s honestly difficult to explain how thankful I am for each person I have connected with in every city within each country. I view our interaction as an exchange of seeds they plant in me and I in them. Each exchange providing something different — a seed of hope, friendship, inspiration, love, life, possibility, happiness; all manifestation’s of God’s work, will, and power to connect and provide for all of us.
As each day passes, I take these seeds with me and feel them blossoming and I know that God placed me in the right time and right place to meet each person, so I could receive a piece of Him through them. Thus, letting me know that every interaction and experience is in His will and meant to be, and I find myself in a constant state of thankfulness.
Thankful that I have steered clear of all the recent terrorist attacks. And even though they occured in Paris and I was in Brussels. I left Brussels for London, literally the day before Brussels shut down (no metros, no busses, all schools and shops closed) into a state of maximum security due to a terrorist threat.
As a reminder and in a rather timely manner, He provided me with this scripture this morning. It reads:
They will never again be hungry or thirsty; they will never be scorched by the heat of the sun. For the Lamb on the Throne will be their shepherd. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes. [Rev 7:16–17 (NLT)]
Some days when I somehow think I don’t have enough, I stop and remember that he has provided and continues to provide everything I need and consistently cares for me every single day. I have never gone hungry or thirsty. I have never been scorched by the challenges of being overseas. I can feel myself being led to my purpose (life-giving water) and God has wiped and will continue to wipe any tears in the form of doubt, confusion or fear from my eyes. Because, honestly, there have been some days where I doubted what I was doing, where I was or if I was doing enough. But I pushed through and continue to remain strong in my faith and God’s plan.
Because at the end of the day that is all I have: God and his plan for me. There is nothing else I would rather have or could be more thankful for.
Thank you for reading,
And Remember to: Always have Faith. Keep a Vision. And Make Art in Everything that you Do.
Rev: 16:17 (NLT)