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28 June 2011

Wildlife Painting THE WOLF, Wolf Painting by Texas Contemporary Artist Laurie Pace, Little Red Riding Hood, Grandmother and the Closet

The Wolf

5 x 7 inches Oil on Clayboard

 ©Laurie Pace  Graphics One Design 1998-2011

Wolves and Closets

When I think of wolves it is generally in terms of Little Red Riding Hood and that awful story of her grandmother getting tied up or eaten by the wolf.  Different versions are heard in different families.  I prefer the one where grandmother is tied up in the closet and the wolf jumps in bed wearing her sleep bonnet and nightgown.  Grandmother must have been cold in the closet.

When we stay hidden in closets we miss out much on life.  It is much the same as staying in the box, aka the comfort zone. I cannot begin to tell you how much you miss in your closet, or your box. Some folks never move from their 'boxes'. Well, maybe for a day trip or a week trip, but they come right back to the box and neatly keep their life in control.

Life has taught me well. I know I have no control. Only God has control. I believe my early days of my twenties and my severe bouts of agoraphobia made me keenly aware of the limitations of living in a box. Having faith to strike out and try new things and deal with inadequacies along the way is usually asking too much.  Putting yourself outside your comfort zone makes you vulnerable.  Neale Donald Walsch says "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone."  I have quoted him on this often.  Becoming stagnant is comparable to dying.  With agoraphobia in my early twenties I often felt like I was transparent and the world went on with out me. As I had children I had to learn to cope and although it seemed so much safer NOT to venture out, I had to and I did.

Right now the world is alive.  Yes it has too many worldly things you could get caught up into, but if you climb out of your box, you will find people to serve and things to do that complete you as a person growing and changing.  Don't wait until the wolf comes to steal your bonnet and your night clothes... don't wait to be locked in your closet...go out your front door today and do something unexpected for someone you do not even know.  Spread His Love like seed scattered in your community.  Lead by example and others will follow.


"Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith." Hebrews 13:7

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