we come face to face with who we are and who we are meant to be. As I prepared
to paint, my mind wandered into the cool of dawn. The darkness of night lingered,
as fear tried to consume my innermost thoughts. This was a place I would never
I was in the presence of a creature who moved with more confidence than I had
ever seen. He came closer and closer. What do I do? Do I run? Do I hide? For
a brief moment, our eyes met. In that brief split second, I knew what I was to
do. In his eyes, I saw his courage to face a daily struggle for survival in an
ever-changing world. I felt God all around me. The cougar looked away and went
on, but left me with a message. Do not be afraid.
As I painted, especially the eyes, I came face to face with the realization that
I had much more to do in my life. I was afraid to press on and move forward.
I know that I am not alone. The courage and confidence to truly succeed comes
only from God. I believe God has given every person a purpose, a direction and
a destiny. Like the cougar, we can have the courage to survive in this ever-changing
world. Psalms 31:24 says: “Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen
your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.” Trust and believe that God’s
strength from within can become your courage. Press on and press forward. You
can because God can!
By Robert Bishop