The quote is by David Whyte–sorry they keep getting covered…a lot of my art this winter used up every square inch of the paper. I seemed to go outside the edges constantly. As if I couldn’t contain my thoughts. This tree isn’t one of my favorites, but I like the sky–and the quote.
We never know what shape is inside us, not really, do we? I can spread my branches as wide as I want growing and reaching. And sometimes they get broken off. And sometimes, that’s ok.
I have realized something about myself the past six months. I thought I had a good shape for my career plan. I like speaking to large groups, but I discovered, I prefer them to be small children. 🙂 I like teaching, but the weekends and nights are adding a lot of stress and chaos to a family that already has enough. And really–I am not a chaos kind of girl. I like routines. Like blogging and art journaling. That routine brings me a lot of peace–and that carries into my day and how I interact with my family.
So I need to rethink my shapes and branches to what really works in THIS season of life. Have you ever felt like that? God may have plans for us, we may have capabilities. But there are definite seasons for when they should be used, or should wait.
The wonderful thing is that God planted talents inside our seeds knowing those seasons would come. He understood when He designed each of us what shapes and branches would happen. But He understood some seasons would be beautiful growing weather, and others would have storms and droughts. We just have to trust that He will reveal to us what shapes. And remember that He trusts us to LEARN from the growth and the storms.