How many times have I had the thought – ‘I would rather be…’ run through in my head? There are times in life when we find ourselves in places doing things that are outside our comfort zone. Things get uncomfortable, turn tough and even feel rough only for a season. Pain seems to carry extra memory brain cells, so that we remember the tough times as we focus on our pain.
Self-doubt, confusion and some delusion invade our thought process, taking us away from the comfort of God’s joy and purpose. We start to fret and eventually panic. Fear comes at us full-force, like a herd of stampeding elephants. David Shepherd’s painting of stampeding elephants is one of my favourites. Looking at the painting as a child, I feared the stampeding elephants and imagined myself alone, trapped in their path, taking in all the dust and straining to watch out for them, as they run toward me. Now that I think of it, the elephants are just as fearful as I am and the artist captures the dual fear in a very realistic fashion. There is more on David Shepherd and his art and support for wildlife at: http://www.davidshepherd.org/
It has been a tough few days. I would rather be strong and healthy, spending my days churning out stories and books. Artists like David Shepherd remind me that as long as you take time to follow your passion, then anything is possible. What is your passion? What passion has God placed in you? What would you rather do?