This tag was found at an open studio I had about a year and a half ago. I had a “treasure box” of tags with questions or statements to finish. People could sit down and finish the tag they chose. A person left this, face down on the table. I found it as I was cleaning up. The message expresses the longing so many of us have, and the fear.
I don’t know who wrote the message on the tag. I wonder if she knows I want to be that kind of person too, that her message echoes the longing of my heart too? Making art is a vulnerable act. Blogging and putting oneself online feels even more vulnerable to me. There have been times when I have seriously considered backing down and settling into a more quiet, local, and private life.
Then I read this tag left in my studio by an anonymous artist and author. It sits on the shelf above my computer reminding me to be brave, to keep creating, keep communicating, and to risk being vulnerable.
I don’t have to be perfect. It’s okay (even good) to take a break when I’m tired, like now after finishing a second coloring book. I sense I am entering a season of grace, giving more grace to myself and others. Receiving more of God’s grace and returning to the question I used to ask God each morning, “Lord, what are you giving me grace for today?” Then step out in the grace given.
Merriam-Webster defines GRACE as
– a way of moving that is smooth and attractive and that is not stiff or awkward
– an ease of movement
– a controlled, polite, and pleasant way of behaving
– a pleasing appearance or effect
– unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification
– a virtue coming from God
Grace and Peace to You today.