I have been growing so much lately. No, I’m not getting any taller at my age- I mean the emotional and spiritual growth thing. I’ll just tell you upfront, it isn’t all that fun. Spring is beautiful and all, but do you know the work that goes into all that green stuff coming up out of the ground? I’m no farmer or anything, but I know how to use Google. The energy that is needed to substantiate growth is incredible. Now, I’m not a pretty blossom on an apple tree so I can’t really say whether or not they enjoy the growth process. But I’m a woman who really likes when things are comfortable, easy, familiar. I’m not a fan of what it takes to grow. Maybe you are similar?
Our pastor preached a few weeks back on “Ancient pathways”. He spoke about both crossroads in life and cornerstones. For so many reasons this particular sermon really stuck with me. History has always been fascinating to me. Sure I love a good story, but I’m drawn in by wanting to know what compels people to do what they do. As our pastor talked I scribbled his definition of Crossroads and Cornerstones.
Cornerstones are what decisions in life are built on.
Crossroads are a critical turning point in our life based on a decision we make.
It became clear to me how this can really impact your decision making, particularly in a season of growth, as I currently am. Identifying whether or not you are facing a cornerstone or crossroad is critical. But what happens when a crossroad and a cornerstone collide? Can that happen? Or is this a crazy question? Is it just late at night and I need to go to bed? Did I have too much coffee today or not enough? As an artist, I want an answer. And truthfully, I think I have one.
If you are familiar with me as an artist you probably know that I love doors. The older the better. I could sit and look at an old door for a really long time and just imagine so many stories surrounding its existence. But now in light of this new question of mine, I’m wondering if my enthrallment with doors, cornerstones and crossroads is all connected. What if a door, could be the combination of a cornerstone and crossroad?
This is going too deep… Let’s back up a bit.
So last week my friend Trish and I had the great blessing of painting during the worship at our church again. We usually end up chatting about what we might (or might not!) be feeling led to paint. Trish had been reading about Daniel’s obedience to pray to God through his open window, in spite of the king’s decree not to pray to anyone but the king himself (Daniel 6:10). She had gotten the idea to paint a window!
I had received a great deal of encouragement the week before to get back to ‘my paintings’. Since the start of my business I haven’t taken the time to paint a single painting in my own typical style. And since my style usually includes a door or a window (and Trish was going with a window) I felt like it was time to get back to painting what I love- DOORS! With the inspiration of the ‘ancient paths’ recently, I knew it should be an ancient door.
Posting an unfinished photo of my painting isn’t easy. I would like to show it in the completed stage. But sticking to the topic, I think it’s only fitting that I share the painting as it is. Similar to the decisions facing me whether or not they be a crossroad, cornerstone or a door- the decisions are as of yet, unfinished. In the process of growing, you ask a lot of questions. And God doesn’t work like Google. He isn’t a search engine who works at lightening fast speed to deliver you multiple answers to your query. He allows for time to pass by and in the process you find you grow as you wait for answers. You search the Word of God more. You clear away clutter so you can hear the answer when it comes. You sometimes have a temper-tantrum in the middle of a long run on a country road and spend a few minutes yelling out your frustrations to the Almighty (not that I’ve ever done that). You continue to ask because you know eventually He will answer. Will our decisions in life bring us to a crossroad where we experience a critical turning point in our life? Will we walk through an ancient door to find something new? Will we be faithful to remember that no matter the decisions, they begin with the call to “Follow me”?
I believe we will. Because after all, it’s an ancient path, and all the directions are already written down for us…
Hebrews 12:2 “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.”