My life has failed to be a riotous whirl of colour. The corners creep out grey and edges are smudged and blurred.
As a small child I was taught to colour carefully within the lines. Keep to borders and boundaries.
Back in the day, that meant keeping to strict limitations set by teachers rather than self-imposed ones.
Now, as I pause and ponder how my life has turned out, I wonder if I am able to add touches of brightness to the grey, throw a bit of teal or a dash of purple over the sad places and bring the picture to life again.
Like many of you, I have health and strength limitations, confines to the corners of my days, pressing and pushing from challenging circumstances that squeeze me tight with their prescriptive lines.
How would it look to live cheerfully and willingly within that defined circle?
Could I colour within its circumference?
"What if you learned that even the mistakes that have marked your life can be redeemed? What if you learned, rather than to be defeated by the lines that have been marked on your life, to color inside the lines?" ~ Matt Appling in 'Life after Art'
Herein lies a challenge to us all.
How to live fully and freely within the place in which we dwell ~ mentally, physically and spiritually.
For freedom is more a matter of the mind and heart than of any perceived box we may live in.
On the inside, where it really counts, I am as free as a bird. Though I tend to forget it at times.
I can live unchained and unfettered. And so can you.
The more we rest in God the less we'll stress about situations we cannot change.
Jesus has paid the price for such glorious liberty. His blood splashes its scarlet hues over every aspect of our lives.
Meanwhile, we live in a world of confines, conflict and constraints.
Maybe God can help me and you to colour it bright by His grace? Its golden thread weaves its strands throughout our days.
How would it look if we coloured with confidence and painted with passion and purpose within the parameters of our lives?
I'm not sure, but I'm willing to try. How about you?
I've just started on a journey of writing brave and free as Holy Spirit inspiration comes.
To find out why and how, you can check out this post.
I'd love you to join me and share the way God is leading you too.