Friday, March 04, 2011
I have some extra pieces of canvas board from my late great uncle that I thought I'd scribble some art on. Here's the first piece, titled, "24/7." The inspiration behind this piece stems from the long nights over the years dreaming, learning, worrying, wondering, and working. There's something strangely inspiring about working through the night. It's not a healthy lifestyle to live all of the time, but when there's a project or an exam you have to cram for, it's quite a rush to seem to be the only one awake in the world. Creative juices flow undisturbed during those nights, which is usually difficult to duplicate during the daytime. Also, creative ideas can sometimes literally wake you up at night that need to be sleep-written down wherever and with whatever you can feel for near your bedside. Some of these ideas can be monumental life changers. Others, you might wake up in the morning and wonder, "What the heck does this even mean?" I know I've had some golden nugget ideas, as well as my fair share of the brown kind of nugget ideas over the years. Either way, it's a true fact that our brains are always working, whether we know it or not.
With all this mysterious wonder of the night time, there is also a dark side to it - both literally and figuratively. There's been nights where I've wished I could turn my brain off. At times it's been when I need sleep and know the alarm clock will go off way too early, or simply when I need to get away from the stresses of everyday life. Sometimes we as people fear the night. We fear the darkness, the loneliness, the painful memories of past experiences, and countless others. Earlier today I listened to a podcast that said the most common command in the Bible is to "fear not." If I recall correctly, there were over 66 verses that tell us to "fear not." I'll leave the challenge of searching for those that apply up to you, but I'll conclude this blurb as an encouragement for you to fear not. If you are seeking God and his guidance, he will reach out his hand to guide you. This pain is only temporary.