SCULPTURE CARVED IN WOOD – BY PAUL BOECHER – “TRUST”
Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10
Many of you know my husband is an artist. He went to school at the Chicago Art Institute so that he could pursue a career in this his chosen profession. His parents owned a funeral home and he had the option of becoming a funeral director, but his parents didn’t discourage his longing to share his art with others.
If we find that we’re called to doing something outside of the box, or not expected of us, it can lead to great success, possible failure, starting over or giving up. It’s how we approach our future that really matters.
It doesn’t make sense to the logical mind that our weaknesses are an opportunity of any kind. There’s nothing good about feeling that you don’t measure up. Those feelings of weakness hold no value . . . or do they? We like the idea of success. Failure isn’t an option in our world, but we do fail. If we were all the best at everything, there wouldn’t be any motivation to take the next step, would there? Goals are great, but too often we set them beyond our reach, making them destined to bomb. Were in fact setting ourselves up for failure.
My husband’s career didn’t take off right away. He worked as an apprentice, did things that seemed mundane and lacking creativity, but work he did. Eventually the hard work paid off and he opened his own business. It grew and thrived. At the age of 50, however, our world came crashing down because of the economy. The doors had to be shut and we were left with nothing – no income, no vehicles – just the few pieces of change in our pockets when we left bankruptcy court. Our home went into foreclosure and the only jobs we could find at our age, we were over qualified for, so we did what ever necessary to survive. This could’ve been a time of great depression for us – and it was.
At our lowest point, when it seemed the future was bleak, Paul took up his chisels and began creating magnificent pieces of sculpture The sculptures he created, found homes in places of business and luxurious cabins and homes. My 13 years volunteering as drama director at our children’s high school led me to a business of my own. When it seems that all is lost, God always opens the doors to new opportunities for those who place their trust in Him.
At the time you’re going through great difficulty, it’s hard to see any good in it. It’s tough to understand there are lessons to be learned, but when you look back at these temporary setbacks, you’ll be able to see God ‘s hand in all of it. He had a plan that was better than yours. He never left you. In fact there were times when he carried you.
He uses even our tough times to strengthen us when we trust that He knows what’s best. Out of difficulty, we found hope. We realized that success doesn’t come from what we do, but from the Creator of all things. Trust requires submission. Letting go and letting God do His work is a necessary component. Trust also requires us to not give up, but to continue searching, look for opportunities and work at jobs or career paths that you never thought you would. Trust enables us to surrender everything to the King of Creation.
I call that real success!