I’ve been meaning to post this for quite some time, and I just realized I have not done it yet. Do you ever do something in your mind, but not in reality? LOL That happens to me sometimes… Like, I’ll get a text from someone, think about the response, and apparently not actually send it… only to find out days later, I never answered! (If I’ve done that to you, I apologize!! LOL) Anyway, that may be the case with this post. I think about it, but never actually wrote the thing. So here it is.
I’ve gotten back into painting on canvas with acrylics. I’m actually kind of surprised at myself because I’ve done digital art for so long, that I probably haven’t painted on a canvas for at least 15 years… It’s been a really fun thing, and to discover that people are enjoying the artwork I’m creating is obviously very rewarding.
It all started a few weeks ago when I attended a women’s conference in California. I was asked to paint during worship, and it really went well. I was quite surprised! I actually sold two of the paintings, and the church gave away the third painting — I was overwhelmed by the positive response! Here are a few of those paintings, and their meanings that I feel the Lord gave me.
<<This first painting means that we are carriers of the Holy Spirit. That we are a light to the world. And if you look closely, you can see a white dove in the middle of the flame. The hand is blue like the darkness surrounding it because we are not perfect, we are from this world, but by God’s grace, He allows us to carry His light, and perfects us as we walk in His way.
What’s really cool about this painting is that during the Women’s Conference, God sent a special prophetic word for one lady who was attending the conference who was planning to leave her husband. After the service was over, I went to go take a picture of the painting, and a lady approached me. She asked if she could buy the painting. After talking with her for a moment, I found out SHE was the lady who was planning to leave her husband! She said she had divorce papers already put together and was going to sign them when she got home from the conference. She told me she could hardly believe that God would speak to her so directly, and she wanted the painting to be a memorial of what God spoke, and what He was going to do in her marriage. I was able to pray with her and it was really cool that the painting played a part in what God was ministering to her.
>> This painting is called “Leap of Faith.” It means that if God asks you to fly, He will give you wings. If He asks you to do something, even if it’s scary, He will provide the way to make it happen. This painting went to another lady — actually the friend of the first lady! She was there when the lady who was going to leave her husband got the first painting, but this night, she came up to me straight away and asked for this painting because she was so moved by it. What was even more incredible was that the meaning of it applied to her situation! She told me that she had just started a ministry of feeding people in her community two weeks earlier, and didn’t know how she could do it. She felt overwhelmed. And this painting confirmed to her that God would make a way for her to succeed because He was calling her to do the ministry. I am in awe that God would use my paintings to be meaningful to complete strangers! He is so awesome.
<<This painting is the last painting I made at the Women’s Conference. It’s obviously titled “God Will.” It means that because God made a way, through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, for us to escape Hell, He will make a way for you in your situation. Whatever struggle you’re facing right now is not as bad as going to Hell. And if God made a way to escape Hell, then He will work in your situation. God will.
>> This painting I painted during worship at my home church when I got home from California. It means that God will draw near to you when you draw near to Him. The dove represents grace. When you turn from your own mess, and turn towards God, there is grace to cover the mess. If you’re still in the mess trying to make it on your own, it won’t work. You have to leave the mess, turn towards God, and His grace will cover the mess.
<<This I painted for a friend. It means that as we go deeper in God, the storms on the surface get less intense, and we can find a deeper calm in the midst of the storm the deeper we go in God. There is always deeper to go in God. (You can always go as far in God as you want, it’s just a matter of how much of the world you want to give up.)