Kunsthalle- Bielefeld, Germany
At this point in my life I had no idea what I was doing in Germany. I didn’t want to go and had no previous intentions of coming back to Germany as a place to live. I had been to Germany previously while I was on tour with my university choir.
I was in Bielefeld to get adjusted to European living. On one of my ware days off I was craving to see some art and to be around what felt natural to me. In the Kusthalle I was in a comfortable place again.
When I saw this man sitting alone it was like watching myself. I was on the outside looking in. He was handicapped, alone and dressed as if he was homeless. It was very much how I felt at the moment. I was unaware that at that particular moment God was humbling me. It was a perfect picture of us as a people. We are broken and yet God still reaches His hand out to us.
Before I left for Germany I couldn’t wait to get away from the current stress, work, struggles… everything was moving slowly and it was a challenge to motivate myself. I knew it was foolish to leave thinking I could start over and not have a care on my mind so I didn’t expect the best, but hoped for it.
I was constantly reminded of how my location had nothing to do with Gods work. There is a realm outside of the one I live in. I constantly live in my head. As an artist and musician I value my alone time and time to process and imagine. However the time I received was not the comforting kind. Though God can use us in various locations, the work is all for His glory. He is accessible to us no matter where we are and we can serve Him at any time.
Going to the Kunsthalle was the first time I drove alone in Germany. I had turned down a few wrong streets but I never felt lost and knew that I would find my way back. Though I was on the other side of the world I never felt that far away from my home. I could find stability in God who has dominion over all realms, over every part of the world and over any situation.
I would love to say that being spiritually aware of God’s presence I trusted Him the whole time whilst in Bielefeld, but that was not the case. This was just the beginning of my journey.