Living water, Mighty Wind, And Tongues of Fire
When I Heard that the River was going to have a special time of receiving the Holy Spirit on Pentecost weekend I immediately wanted to catch whatever He released on a canvas! I asked David and he said GREAT! As I prayed into what was on Gods heart for this piece I kept having a strong sense of His breath. I recalled when Jesus breathed on the disciples and said receive the Holy Spirit. “Breath” is not something that is easily portrayed! I continued to seek wisdom for direction. I did a few sketches but somehow I knew this piece was going to happen as Holy Spirit released what was on Gods heart! Saturday came and I “thought” I had a plan. How the layers of the piece were to be done. Well, right after I prepared the canvas and gave it to the Lord He changed the “plan”! As I stood in front of it I knew the golden “glory” breaking through would go on first. As the Glory came down a river of living water began to break out splashing everywhere! This background was ALIVE with movement! The Glory was all finger-painted and the river was laid in with a loaded palette knife! I stepped away from the piece and asked Holy Spirit what we were doing! In my spirit I heard the Lord say, “ I’M CLOSER THAN YOU THINK!” Well, I was a little undone with that word in my spirit! I couldn’t wait to see what He had for Sunday!
I woke Sunday morning seeing a huge multileveled splash coming out of the Glory. My spirit could only respond with a “Oh MY!” Worship began that morning and the Holy Spirit quickly hovered over this piece. People could feel His presence when they would peer into the piece. I KNEW He had big plans much bigger than my heart could know for this piece! I began to place the multileveled splash on the canvas. It truly felt like the water was alive! My brush moved all over the canvas almost like writing! Then I began to sense a wind and the splash began to take on the look of wind blowing the water. Suddenly there was a shift and I found myself mixing the colors of fire. My brush dipped in and tongues of fire took form on the tips of the water. I stood back a little out of breathe and not totally sure what all just happened on the canvas, but I liked it!
That night as we meet together I didn’t really get released to paint. I engaged with what the team from Gateway was doing. I began to see the woman who poured out all she had and she washed Jesus feet with her hair. Then it came time to lay things on the alter and I heard very simply, “ give Me your tears”, “be vulnerable” and “trust Me”. When I paint for the Lord I want to pour out all I am and I desire to bless Him!
I feel that what I experienced that night would be a part of this “SHAVOUT” piece!
When I was able to begin to paint again I saw an image in the splash. He was blowing and the water was responding. This piece has MANY hidden images and I believe words can be found as a person takes time to really peer into its imagery and movement. A “wave”/ “splash” of the fullness of the Holy Spirit is being offered we simply need to receive!I LOVE CREATING with Holy Spirit inspiration