During my last few days in Florida, I was told I couldn’t leave without visiting the Wynwood Art District, one of the most luxurious and sought out areas to visit of Miami. After walking and admiring its 50 blocks of liveliness, I couldn’t believe that it was the same, impoverished neighborhood that my friends spoke of living during their childhood.
Over the past decade, abandoned buildings in desperate need of renovation slowly became the canvas of local street artists, which later attracted and inspired artists from around the world. I believe those who originally lived in its rundown neighborhoods decided to make a change in what they saw.
Now, the entire district is full of engaging, colorful, admirable works of art such as this. Wynwood became the hot spot of over 200 murals and street art, 400 businesses, and dozens of local eateries and bars.
Originally an impoverished area and reputed as unsafe. . .who would’ve thought to give this neighborhood a second chance?
At times, we may feel like the old Wynwood neighborhood: abandoned, negligible, and unworthy. Sometimes no one sees your worth, and will completely bypass you. . .but God doesn’t. He knows of the gifts and talents He placed within you, just waiting to be manifested.
So, I encourage you, don’t wait on someone else to see it. Instead, YOU make that first move. Look into starting that business, training for that 10k, pursuing that career, or whatever else placed on your heart to do, that others convinced you otherwise due to your circumstances. Throughout the Bible, you’ll read about being “set apart,” meaning to stand out from the rest or to serve a specific purpose. Sometimes that means doing what no one else would do, and being an inspiration to many. Like the street artists of Wynwood, they saw the value and beauty of their neighborhood and, after colorful methods of self-expression, everyone else did too.