The world we live in is all about the "NOW". We don't want to wait. We don't want to work. We want what we want, and we want it now. However, that is not how life really works. It's not how art really works. In art, it takes time to build the necessary skills to effectively communicate our stories, ideas, and beliefs. It also takes time to develop the necessary skills in the media we choose to communicate. Sometimes developing these areas of our artistic self can feel laborious. We want to fast forward to our finished product. However, doing so will not afford us the opportunity to truly grow as artists. We must hit walls, get frustrated, struggle, fall, fail, and get back up again...and again. It is the process that allows us to develop our voice & our skill in a way that is uniquely our own. It is the skill building that is foundational for our artistic development.
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4: 17-18
How many times have we questioned God when struggles arise in our life? WHY IS THIS HAPPENING TO ME? IT'S NOT FAIR! We want to fast forward (or skip completely) those times. However, we will hit walls, get frustrated, struggle, fall, fail, and get back up again...and again. It is in those times that we see God is ever faithful. It is in those times that we are developing a testimony that will sustain us through all life's ups and downs. We learn who we truly are and who he truly is. Our "light and momentary troubles" are skill building opportunities in our journey of faith. They give us the chance to trust God in new ways...to "fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen". By doing so...we grow in ways that fast forwarding/skipping such times would never allow. Not that it is easy....but it is worth it.