Some of my art is in a local gallery. Wonderful, right One teeny, tiny problem. Galleries have requirements for hanging art. My digital collage did not meet the gallery’s requirements. A miscommunication with my printer resulted in much anxiety for me. What to do? I took my art to a local framer and they were so helpful in correcting the problem.
Everything was perfect. Two weeks later, when I went in to the gallery and looked at my art, I was shocked and dismayed. My beautiful print was hanging the wrong way. it wasn’t the local framer’s fault. I was so worked up, I just told them to pick which way they would hang the print. Now what could I do? I couldn’t sell this piece of art hanging the wrong way. Again, I fretted about what to do. Would the gallery even allow me to take my art down to correct the problem? Would the framer be willing to redo it? Would…? Well, you get the picture. Due to other commitments, I couldn’t get back to take care of this until today. Would they be willing to correct the problem, how long would it take? Would the gallery let me take my art down even if I could return it the same day? More concerns. You know what? It was all for nothing. The framer said bring it in and we will take care of it right away. The gallery said go ahead. It took longer to drive back and forth than it did to correct the problem. All that upset and worry for nothing!
Life is like that. Sometimes we get so focused on a problem, and all the potential things that could go wrong that we never stop to ask for help or consider what could go right! Yes, I made a mistake. If I had talked to the framer and the gallery the same day that I had noticed the problem, all of my stewing and fretting could have been avoided. Hopefully I will remember this lesson when the next problem happens.
I lost my focus and allowed worry to take over.
When we change our focus from the problem to the Lord, there really is peace and strength to stand in the storms of life.
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