Sunday, 3 November 2013

Patience - Creating in Faith

Every circumstance and situation is meant to change and enlighten us to give us the gifts of understanding to face other situations.  In each we have to really ask ourselves what we are being show in the situation for the lessons and insights can be subtle, easily to see, or hard, we can understand it quite easily or not get it at all.

In all of it we need to exercise patience, just as if we looked at our current life, it took a process and a journey.  We had to open our minds to learning new things, taking the risk, step by step until we were confident.  When we look at a child learning to walk we can see that it doesn't just try for one day and then give up because it couldn't keep its’ balance,  It gets up day after day and keeps going until it can walk.  We too have to look at those examples long forgotten from our childhood, how we learnt, how we were encouraged not to look at the immediate, but to make another step and another until we reached our goal.  You can’t write yourself off, you have to look at everything from a totally different perspective and see where you need to have patience with yourself.
What is your perspective
As I have gotten older I think I have become more patient.  I have learnt to see how my reactions and responses can impact either positively or negatively to a situation. There are so many situations where we have no control over and all we can do is our part, and see how things work out.  I could not control my mother getting dementia, or the progress of the illness, but I can encourage her to do things that can impact on her health and well-being and that might slow down the progression of the illness. 

I also noticed how patience impacted on my creativity.  When I first started out as an artist I felt the need to complete my work in one sitting, I felt that I had failed if I needed more time, not realising that for my process I needed to give myself the time to reflect on what I had done and even leave the piece for a few days, weeks or months even.  I found it very hard in the beginning, but now after growing and giving myself the space no longer feel that urgency to get a painting complete, at one sitting and enjoying the processes. 
Patience - Bookmark holder filled with bookmark of prayers
For me the key is a combination of several things that will lead to the completion or final result. In confidence I will prepare myself for the journey, understanding that there is a process that I will have to go through to get to where I ultimately want to be and as I pick up new knowledge and insights on the way in confidence I will step into that which I have wanted to achieve.

Commit your works to the Lord, and your plans will be established . Proverbs 16:3

A person’s wisdom yields patience;  it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense   Proverbs 19:11

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