I thought I was ready. Now I’m not so sure. My sense seven weeks ago is becoming a reality. And I am grateful for continued, gentle, leading and guiding. I recently had the joy of delivering a piece, created another and now getting very serious about God’s strategy to move forward professionally as an artist.
I delivered the piece to “Islands in the Stream”. It was a nice, cozy, in-person conversation with my client, whom I had only conversed with via messenger and text. Our digital interaction did not hinder my desire to want to give her a big old hug (thank God she was receptive and there were no awkward upper arms strokes). I pray the piece and special components accompanying the uniquely fashioned work of art blesses her husband on his birthday, in ways beyond my imagination. I know I already feel blessed. His wife is moving in similar ways the Lord has been leading me and I sense our friendship has only just begun.
Speaking of new beginnings, I was led to create another piece following a vision I had a couple weeks ago. I was down and out sick for several days. So sick, I was unable to minister on Monday and Wednesday nights in the community groups I facilitate. But in being “down and out”, I continued to press into the Lord. There, He shared a very promising vision with me:
This vision and Scripture were simply seeds to a much larger message. I am currently resting with it and have others joining me in prayer on when and how to share. Interestingly, my Pastor has asked me to discuss with him. Unbeknownst to me, the message in its entirety aligned with the teaching he is being led to share with our congregation this month. Woah. God sharing prophetic art with an entire church body, rather than one individual? This, again, is new territory and I do not take it lightly. Lord, all for Your glory and purposes.
Nearly seven weeks ago I shared, “I believe the Lord is setting up the freedom to become an artist full-time, as He gently leads and guides me out of my current career”. This is no longer a belief, but a fact. Can I tell you? I am utterly and entirely grateful for Holy Spirit speaking into my life and preparing me for what will be shaping up. But I’m also a bit sweaty in the palms knowing this is becoming a reality. “I can’t mess this up!” This is the thought that comes to mind. The familiar phrase has come to mind with each of the nineteen pieces created in the past four months. Then Holy Spirit reminds me of the portfolio of God’s promise and provision, and I grow giddy again for what lies ahead.
As I think of the horizon, I find it intriguing how I have recently been drawn to images with high sides and seemingly apparent constraints. I’ve always preferred wide open spaces. What captivates my heart is what appears to be a glow unbound by limitations – a promise – reward even, for walking the narrow way. Of course, Scripture comes to mind: small is the gate and narrow is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:14
“Leads to life…” leads me to think of freedom – where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom, see 2 Corinthians 3:17. And where the Spirit is, there is LIFE – a mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, check out Romans 8:6. I love the freedom of living according to the leading of Holy Spirit coupled with the Word of God. I also love the comfort He provides within the boundaries of obedience to His voice and text. As the landscape changes, I sense a promotion to live all the more in the depths of His love, obedience to His written and spoken instructions and an audacious faith. This life of creativity in Christ is certainly a one of a kind adventure. Who knows all the places He will have us go when completely surrendered and abandoned to Him?
Six years after laying down the dream of being a full-time artist, God is handing it back. Spirit shined and polished, the artistic gift will be a conduit to creating a variety of works intended to usher in God's glory-presence in any atmosphere, encourage through personalized works, and provide peace in the market place.