When I sit down to paint, I love the look of a blank canvas. The canvas represents perfection, purity and something completely untouched. It is delicate, innocent and beautiful in it’s simplicity. But a blank canvas is only beautiful for so long. Imagination immediately begins to design the space with images, symbolism, color and light. The promise of endless possibilities. My imagination can paint pictures for days- but it is not until I defile the pure canvas face with paint that my visions become creation.
Artistry holds incredible risk. First the risk to fail,to create an undesirable painting that accounts for nothing but wasted time and energy. Second, however is the risk of never starting. I carry a prayer journal, and in, I often jot down the inspirations for beautiful paintings I have dreamed or imagined. But more often, those inspirations wither with time, for words on paper do not compare to paint on canvas. In these risks, painting becomes an adventure. And I an adventurer.
Life is much like painting. We were all designed to be adventurers. As Mark Batterson describes, “The need for adventure is part of God’s genetic design.” As children, we all have lived in worlds of imagination in which we engage in epic battles, partake in wild escapades through jungles and forests, and envision world of heroes and villains. There is a thrill in danger, adrenaline in risk and a sheer desire to live an epic life removed from ever settling. And then we grow up. The need for security and stability overwhelms the desire and the fear of failure extinguishes the passion. We grow up to live as we never intended to. We settle.
I believe that adventure is a part of our design because our Creator is the ultimate adventurer. He displayed this the moment he stated, “Let there be light.” (Genesis 1:3). He dwelt in a world of perfect glory-His glory. Yet He desired more, so he created the universe. And in the universe, he created a tiny planet called earth, in which we carved the figure of a man out of dust and breathed life into Him. He created man in His image. How much more adventurous can you get? The rest of history is an adventure. He could have dispelled evil with a single word. He could have saved mankind with just a thought. Yet, he created the ultimate adventure by sending His son as a baby to live among us, to be tortured and killed for our sins, and to be resurrected so that we may have life. Death for Life. Life for Redemption. Redemption for Eternity.
In my life, God has challenged me to live a life of adventure. An adventure that called me to quit nursing school to trust in His provision and work full time reaching the hearts of girls and women everywhere to help them discover their calling, their passion and their purpose. To recognize their worth, their beauty and their significance in furthering the Kingdom of God. It’s a life riddled with adventure, risk, failure and fear. Yet, I choose to live a life of adventure, rather than a life of security and settling.
I challenge you to evaluate the adventure in your life. What dreams are you not living? What risks are you not taking? And what callings are you not pursuing? Where has God called you to live a life of an adventure? And what’s keeping you from your adventure? Instead of just living in your imagination, take the risk and pick up your paintbrush. You may fail it, but the adventure will be worth it.