When the dawn breaks, and the clouds clear, in an open space, together we will run.” (Steady Heart, by Steffany Gretzinger)
Tonight I listened to a man talk about his art class. He talked about a painting that his tutor was showing them. As the artist applied the paint, it looked like a dirty smudge of blues, greens and browns, no distinction, no beauty, no definition, no way to tell what the picture was or what story it told.
But keep watching and see the artist at work as magically leaves, trees and blossoms emerge. Don’t be put off by what you saw at first, don’t give up on the dirty smudge, wait and see what emerges, see what a beautiful masterpiece the artist brings forth.
The lesson from the artist was patience and hope. As I repeat this analogy to you, I understand that it’s childishly simple in its application.
How grateful I am that out of this muddy mess of a life, I know that beauty is emerging. I know that my Hope is in God the artist and I know that Patience is all it takes to see what He will do.
This is why I teach people how to run. It means that no matter who you are or what your starting point, I can see beyond the muddy mess because my Hope is in the Artist. Oh, and because I’m a muddy mess who’s just emerging too.
Come and run with us, it might just change your life x