Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I Want Adventure in the Great Wide Somewhere

*Cross-posted from my art blog, Epiphany Art Studio.  I told you there would be some overlap!  ;) *

I just added a giclee print of this piece, I Want Adventure in the Great Wide Somewhere, to the shop.  I am still swooning over the thought of all these beautiful giclee prints!

If the title of (and quote within) this piece sound familiar to you, you've probably heard it in the Disney movie Beauty and the Beast.  I have always loved that song, when Belle sings about how she longs to leave the humdrum of her daily life and be set free upon the world.  I imagine that just about every person experiences a similar longing, especially during the teen years, but I think it is something more basic than that.

I think that every person is born with the innate sense that there is something more to this life than what we see.  Of course we want to believe that there is something beyond this world full of war and hunger and cancer and sadness.  But even the joys of life seem drab in comparison to that mysterious more that we feel is out there, waiting.

Personally, I believe that that sense, that longing, is God calling to us, speaking to each person's heart of hearts.  What's more, I have experienced that more in him.  I am living an adventure of health and trust and abundance far beyond anything I ever expected.  And I am so, so grateful.

What do you think?  Do we possess a basic longing for that mysterious more, and if so where does it come from?

"God doesn't count us; he calls us by name." ~ Romans 9:20


  1. It's so interesting, because this is a question/thought we wrestle with weekly in my Theological Anthropology class. What is this more? How do we understand ourselves and our lives as sacred? What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to believe in a higher power and live lives as people who believe [not necessarily as Christian, though that is the frame most people take]?

    Thank you for bringing this important question to the blogosphere.


  2. Such deep questions!! *Leaves to ponder*

    Glad to hear you're chatting about such an interesting topic in class. Can't wait to hear how that's going! :)

  3. Wonderful art and a terrific post, Beth. I agree with you that it's God calling out to each of us, wooing us to come into the abundant life He has available. Some days I feel so bogged down in the mundanity of my job and life, but then I see or hear something beautiful - a flower, sunset, inspired song - that reminds me there is actually more to this life than the keyboard and the remote. And if those things don't pull me out of the doldrums, a hoop session is almost guaranteed to restore my wellbeing. ;)

  4. I agree with your post and i strongly believe that God calls everyone of us with a specific purpose and that is our duty to discover and take some action when you find your purpose as God given you a special task according to your calling.


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