I am reading a book called "Out Live Your Life" by Max Lucado and am LOVING it! It is really speaking to me as I go through this journey to ArtPrize! For the last few years my prayers have always been in the same vein.....I am willing to follow you God, but I am not sure where you are leading me to go. I have been praying for God to SHOUT out his plans to me, so that I do not miss His desires. What I am learning....slowly....is that He doesn't need to shout, I need to BE QUIET and listen!
As I was walking around downtown this year, seeing ArtPrize, God whispered into my heart, and I was willing to hear what He had to say! People have asked me why I haven't done anything for ArtPrize yet, and the truth is, I never really felt I had anything to add to the "conversation". I didn't want to do a piece just to do something, it needed to mean something. Well, as I walked around this year, it was different. I started to notice that while all of these people were roaming around Grand Rapids, they just walked right past all of the Homeless people without a second glance. It was almost as if they were invisible. I want my piece to speak out to them that they are worth seeing. I want them to know that they are beautiful! That is my wish for this project!
At the end of each chapter of the book, there is a prayer....this one is resonating with me:
"O Lord, what an amazing opportunity you have spread our before me-a chance to make a difference for you in a desperately hurting world. Help me to see the needs you want me to see, to react in a way that honors you, and to bless others by serving them gladly with practical expressions of your love. Help me be Jesus' hands and feet, and through your Spirit give me the strength and wisdom I need to fulfill your plan for me in my own generation. In Jesus' name I pray, amen" I couldn't have said that better myself Mr. Lucado! With that, I give you Robert. Robert, I am praying for you today!