Monday, October 17, 2011

He Rises with Healing in His Wings

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But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings; And you shall go out And grow fat like stall-fed calves. You shall trample the wicked, For they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet On the day that I do this," Says the Lord of hosts.Malachi 4:2-3 (NKJV) 

This painting is particularly close to my heart. I did not realize it was so until I began painting it and my daughter reminded me that I've been drawing and coloring with markers or pen some form of this painting for some 15 years now. Last night, after I reached a stopping point, I sat in front of the painting and let it minister to my heart.

I realized as tears broke free that this painting represents a part of my journey that is somewhat complete. As I said, I have been using some form of that heart with wings for years, but the picture has never had the meaning it has for me as I sit here today.

This painting has a number of parts. The first - obvious is that Heart with wings. This represents the Sun of Righteousness in Malachi 2, or Jesus, who carries healing in His wings. When I pictured this painting before I began it on Sunday, I pictured it with real feathers. Last night as I painted, I began to position the feathers and felt torn - I loved the idea of REAL FEATHERS, but I also loved the feel and look of the feathers that were taking shape as I worked and reworked the white and azure paints on my palette.

I finally submitted it to my covering, my husband, and he said, "Don't use the feathers."

DONE. Then came the healing pieces. The last thing I added were the drops of water. They represent the healing rain of God. The three pieces represent three areas of restoration where God has delivered significant healing to me.

Timepiece | Time
"He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end." Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NKJV) 

God redeems the time. In Joel it says He will give back the years the locusts have eaten. I have experienced God's redemption of time in my own life in many ways. I feel like a kid again more than anything. 

Crown | Identity
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

I am in Christ. Ephesians 1 tells me that I am blessed, chosen, adopted, redeemed, forgiven, predestined, blameless, loved and planned for according to His will. 

Key | Healing/Deliverance

"The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder; So he shall open, and no one shall shut; And he shall shut, and no one shall open. I will fasten him as a peg in a secure place, And he will become a glorious throne to his father's house." Isaiah 22:22-23 (NKJV)

Revelation 3 includes a commendation to the church in Philadelphia that includes a quote of this verse. It is a beautiful testimony to the faithfulness of God even when times are difficult. He will bring you through every fiery trail and heal all your wounds. Healing and Deliverance is about shutting the door on the past and its pain while allowing God to open you up to a whole new reality and revelation of who He is and what He has for you, His beloved.

I love the way light works with the painting. Bright light directly on the canvas illuminates and highlights all the bright features. Limited or diminished lighting brings out the details.

"Healing in His Wings" is a 30x40 Acrylic on canvas. Time invested: 15 hours. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

"Something New" Isaiah 43:19 HCSB
"Look, I am about to do something new, even now it is coming; Do you see it?" (paraphrase)
Have you ever had the strong sense that something was coming. Something new waits just beyond the Horizon and You are on the cusp of a grand new adventure with God? That is the heart behind "Something New." I painted it as a gift for a friend who is cresting her new season even as we speak. Please stop by again as I will posting new paintings on a regular basis.   

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