Updated: Apr 13, 2020
I have been for 28 amazing years on a journey that has taken me to some incredibly different places, meeting some even more incredible people. I have made lots of friends and have seen God move in so many different ways. I went to the Harnhill Centre for prayer and healing near Cirencester for a much needed time away to rest, reflect, and listen to God. after what was a period of anxiety, and tiredness. I had been in a time of transition from Head of Learning and Development into an art ministry still with Operation Mobilisation (OM) in the UK. www.uk.om.org I had taught about, and read about transitions, and thought I should be OK. I wasn't changing country, or location, I wasn't leaving friends and family, I was staying right were I was, so it should have been easy right? Wrong! Transition of any kind brings its own stress. Laying things down, not being in the 'know', giving up responsibilities have proven to be more difficult for me than I thought, despite knowing it was the right thing to do and that God had called me to using art for His Kingdom and Glory.
Whilst at Harnhill we were asked to look at some paintings and to explore what they could be saying to us. The painting I chose was one by Banksy called Balloon Girl. A little girl was reaching up to try and catch a balloon. The text on the wall was 'There's always hope'. I saw it and my reaction was negative, "yeah right there's always hope". The next day in my quiet time I read this verse; "Be strong and take heart all of you who hope in the LORD". I was greatly encouraged and thought the little girl couldn't reach the balloon but I can take heart because of where my hope comes from. Another verse that echo's the same sentiment is Psalm 121 1-2 "I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord the Maker of heaven and earth". For help I can read hope, my hope comes from the Lord the Maker of heaven and earth.
Where is your hope coming from? What colour would you use to depict hope?