December 13, 2020 (Post #56)
(From Journal #7: October 9, 2006)
Lord, as I struggled to “see” what needed to be done on this painting, the Holy Spirit spoke the most powerful and beautiful words into my spirit. This is what I heard: “In the spiritual realm, you are My canvas. In the natural world, you are My brush. Just be the brush.” Once I heard that, I realized that I am not responsible for how this painting turns out. You are the Artist; You just want me to be Your brush. You showed me that I am a painting, a spiritual canvas You work on. I’m also a physical brush You use to paint pictures for others. Every time I got stuck, frustrated and tense, I’d hear You saying, “Just be the brush” and I’d relax, get out of my head, and just paint. We are artists together.
You’ve guided my eyes and my hands and we’ve gotten so much done. I know it’s Your strength, not mine, that has seen me through. I was so leery of not only painting glass, but on such a large canvas. But You pushed me out of my comfort zone and forced me to trust You alone, and of course, You didn’t let me down. The confidence You are building in me is great – but it’s not confidence in myself that “I alone” can do anything. It is confidence in myself that I can do anything You’ve called me to do as long as I rely on You. I designed my own labels for the wine bottles and even added a cork lying on the table. Today, I signed it! We got this done in 9 days! Glory to You!!! I’m really pleased at how it turned out, and I named it “A Pearl from the Vine…”
I’ve questioned so many times how could You use me to be a blessing to the Kingdom? And now, here You are helping me paint a picture to raise money to fight cancer! May this painting be anointed and bring a huge sum to beat cancer! AMEN!
Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Ephesians 2:10: For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Colossians 3:23: And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.
Isaiah 64:8: But now, O LORD, You are our Father; We are the clay and You our potter; and we are the work of Your hand.