“Mom, you made art with your failures!”
My son pointed this out yesterday on our drive back to Georgia. To pass the time, we were playing a few rounds of Hangman and each time I had a failed letter guess he would write it down at the top of the paper and add another body part to our stick figure hangman. During one game, my failed attempts spelled the word art.
I laughed at his comment and then couldn’t help but let it roll around in my brain for a few minutes.
He’s right. I make art with my failures.
I’ve shared two other blog posts this week. In one I shared how I sometimes turn into a toddler on road trips. In the other, I shared how I used to drink too much…definitely not “Lifetime Achievement” award material. 😉
I tend to share about my weaknesses and failures a lot when I write. One reason I feel compelled to do this is because I’ve learned along this journey that my failures can only “do me in” when I hide them and refuse to acknowledge them. Today, I know there is beauty and redemption that can be extracted from even the biggest wrong turns of our life. If we refuse to uncover our failure, then we miss out on this beauty and redemption. That is one mistake I hope to avoid more and more in life.
I think about the Prodigal Son. What if he had refused to come home? He would have missed the party. I like parties and I don’t want to miss a single one.
Yes, I make art out of my failures and by doing so I hope that others will be inspired to do the same with their failures. I love how our Creator is our perfect example too. He is able to take our failures and use them for His Glory. No wrong turn we take is ever wasted. How cool is that!
I read this in my devotional this morning and I thought it fit perfectly with this topic:
“…I have taken you along a path that has highlighted your need for Me, placing you in situations where your strengths were irrelevant and your weaknesses were glaringly evident. Through the aridity of those desert marches, I have drawn you closer and closer to Myself. You have discovered flowers of Peace blossoming in the most desolate places…” Jesus Calling
Today, acknowledge the failures and find the flowers.