What astonished me was the fact that, as the next storm began to blow, Turner went to the boat and asked the fisherman to bind him to the mast and drive the boat into the centre of the storm! Turner stated that the storm was so furious he longed to be down in the bottom of the boat but he couldn’t move because he was bound to the mast! He said, “Not only did I see that storm, and feel it, but it blew itself into me until I became part of the storm. And then I came back and painted the picture.”
I was moved by the extent this artist was willing to go to in order to create what he had in his mind. I began to wonder how much I was willing to submerge myself in the will of Yahweh in order to fulfil the ‘picture’ that He has in His heart for my life. Our experiences of life are sometimes pleasurable and sometimes painful; and occasionally we may feel as though we are ‘bound to the mast’ and heading into the centre of a storm. Charles Slattery, an American minister of the early 20th century wrote, “Life is a great mixture of happiness and tragic storm. He who comes out of it rich in living, is he who dares to accept it all, face it all, and let it blow its power, mystery and tragedy into the inmost recesses of the soul, A victory so won in this life will then be an eternal possession.”
For just as each of us has one body with many members...