A Place for Prophetic Artists to Network and Encourage One Another
A couple of years ago, I attempted to paint prophetically up front at a church in Va for the first time. I painted the canvas yellow...and started to paint words with the color purple like, King of Kings, Glory...etc. In my nervousness, I messed up a word and completely mispelled it. Panicked and ashamed, I just started blending the 2 colors together to try and erase my mistake, but instead I just made an ugly swirl of shame. Eventually, because I wasn't sure what to do, I just set the canvas aside and thought, maybe one day I will paint something on it.
Late last year, I was led by the Lord to paint For You! Liberty. (http://www.christinecouncil.com/for-you-liberty.html) To prepare, I needed to see how the red "blood" would drip, so I used this same discarded canvas as my trial run. I covered it with drips of thick red paint and glitter all over the canvas. Again, when I was finished, I put the canvas aside, because I thought it was ruined. It not only was covered in paint, but there were bumps and ridges from the drips and I wondered how would I ever remove them all.
This week I was cleaning up my art studio and I came across this canvas again. But this time, I started seeing something in it, on it. I brought it out and put it where I could look at it. When I would, I kept thinking, "I should paint something with the blood of Jesus dripping on this canvas". So I started looking online and came across a photo from the "Passion of the Christ." It touched me. Moved my heart...so I considered painting it...but since it was a photo from a movie, I knew it was copyrighted...and therefore I would not be able to sell prints without writen permission from the Production company. So I decided to keep looking.
Then the next day, someone tagged me on Facebook in that very same photo!! So there it was...I was tagged. Then I knew I was supposed to paint it...as worship...whether or not I could sell copies of it. I thought, maybe people will be touched by just looking at it and possibly even saved...
So I started painting. I took this old discarded canvas, a canvas that had once been a source of shame for me. A canvas that had been used and set aside...that seemed to be, after all I had done to it...completely worthless...and I began to cover it with a fresh coat of paint. As I did, I noticed how that horrible color I created from my gold and purple mistake, would come through from the background, and it was one of the most beautiful colors of the painting. I saw that the texture from the drips, the ridges and bumps and the shimmer from the red glitter shining through, were the best parts of the painting . I just was overcome with the words, "Lord, I just love this, I love this painting!" and then the tears would come.
I couldn't help but think of what He did for us. We, just like that canvas, were once good for nothing and full of failures. But then Jesus, in His love, chose us to be His, to redeem us, so He covered us with His blood and then made us beautiful and useful again. He took the very things that seemed to be the biggest weaknesses in us, and He made them the most special, unique parts. And now...when the Creator looks at us...He doesn't see the former shame or mistakes, how we were used and discarded...now when He looks at us...He just sees Jesus.
Happy Blessed Ressurection Day!