he mural moves right along after some nervous energy started my day. Driving back to Henderson from my evening at home in Lincoln, coupled with noticing my need to make a few minor adjustments to the mural, led to my anxious push to get to work this morning. As I drove to Henderson, passing through some rain, I had to keep reminding myself to be flexible and let the day unfold as it was meant to. I knew the weather was going to change tonight on to tomorrow, but I didn't know how quickly rain and temps would hold. When the unknown comes up in my life like that, I struggle to let go and trust God with my day and tend to get a little anxious and try and work too quickly. BUT somewhere in the first few strokes of painting green paint on the upper third of the mural, my pace slowed and I remembered to ask God for time. A number of years ago, when I was working on a series from the Book of Psalms, I needed to ask God to provide time to work because my sons were young (three and one). What I learned through asking and receiving was that God can extend time. See in those nine months of working, I finished 150+ paintings! How? The only thing I can say is God is not limited by our time. He can extend it if He so chooses. So I asked for time today. Time without rain. Moments without wind. Time to listen and be open to who He had for me to encounter or reach out to today. And He answered in HUGE ways. I completed the green paint and started on the red until mist ended my work around 5:30 pm. I was only done with the upper portion of green at 3 pm! The wind shifted and I was able to safely work on the scaffolding without fear of being blown off. Without the wind, my painting accuracy was stellar! Then to top it off, God brought to mind how two dots might be connected. These two dots were two people requesting my help with art questions and God showed my one may just be the answer to the other. We'll wait and see how that plays out! I marvel at how God speaks to me through the process of creating works of art. He often uses the journey to show me how He delights in me, reveals areas of my life I need to surrender, and triggers me to think of people who I need I to pray for or reach out to.
So I end my day so thankful. Thankful for energy and strength to climb the scaffolding and move it around. Thankful for good weather holding out as long as it did, and for a visually incredible drive out to Henderson this morning. There is something I love in the colors of storm clouds off set by those of harvest. Thankful for people who are interested in the process of the mural being created and their encouragement. Thankful for the opportunity and freedom to being doing what I was made to do - make art and hopefully bring this world a little beauty and joy.
Ann has worked as a professional artist since 2006. She currently works on her own studio artwork as well as large, commercial works and with other artists in any way she can.