June 16, 2019

Sunday Devotional With Mr.E: TRUST

I struggle with displaying my paintings almost as much as I do creating them. Does it need a frame, what kind of frame, will the wire hold the weight of the art, will the eye hooks pull out of the back, will the nail be strong enough to hold the work on the wall...etc. I will double or triple the wire because I'm so afraid of it not being strong enough.  I will hot glue or super glue around the eye hook just to give it a bit of "extra" security.  I find it hard to trust that things will go according to the norms of hanging art. I try to control the situation before there is a situation.  Have I ever had a work of art come crashing down? No.  Then why do I fear that for some reason it is going to happen?  There are many things in displaying my work that are out of my control.  I struggle with this. My pride does not want to face the possibility of  looking like a fool if I were to do something wrong or something goes wrong.  Self doubt plays into it as well.  I think artists often try to control things because they feel don't want to rely on anyone else & do not want to be made fun of for a botched attempt.

But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.  They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.  It does not fear when heat comes;  its leaves are always green.  It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
Jeremiah 17: 7-8

Trust is a struggle for many believers.  Trust requires us to let go of control.  Trust requires us to let down our guard.  Trust asks us to find confidence outside of ourselves.  Some may believe pride is in direct opposition to being able to trust.  I feel pride and doubt spring forth from the same root.  The two choke out our peace that comes when we trust God with our life, family, relationships, finances, money..etc.  You may have valid reasons for your struggle to trust.  God knows your struggles.  God is patient.  God is loving. God is consistent.  God is waiting for you to trust him with your everything.  When you do...Jeremiah has painted a beautiful picture of what that looks like!  A tree who's roots run deep toward the water.....that always has green leaves....and even in drought....can produce fruit.  Trust does not keep us from the ills of this world, but allows us to be firmly rooted so that no matter what comes our way we can stand firm in the truth of our God & find our confidence & peace in him.  .  

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