Two Are Greater
I walked into her new office and my mind was already doing what it does when I walk into a space - decorating it. There was the most perfect gray paint and she already arranged a gallery wall. Her excitement was contagious. She told me about a canvas she purchased and wanted to have the ministry verse painted on - “two are greater” from Ecclesiastes 4:9. I said I could do it, but would get it when I got back from vacation.
As promised I picked up the canvas and a pillow to pull colors from as soon as I got back. I bought the paint, but the canvas sat in my room almost a month. I would look at it and it was as if the Lord was giving me vision of His heart for her. I began to see textures, shapes and frames. Usually, as soon as I get the vision I get to work. Not this time. That blank canvas continued to speak to me about this woman, who He loves and wanted to gift her art from His heart, not just my hand.
The kids and I went to Savannah over the weekend and my creativity was thrust into overdrive. I couldn’t write ideas down fast enough. When I saw her at church this morning, I said I went to the Savannah College of Art and Design this weekend and I’m ready to work on your canvas. She joked, “You had to go to art school to finish my canvas?” It was funny, but you know they say there is always a little truth to kidding.
God had something special for her and I. Art is for the person hanging it on their wall, but also for the person creating it. He had things He wanted to teach me about creating for others, sharing His heart for them and trusting the gift He gave me.
Our Sunday plans were cancelled and my oldest kids were at camp, so I started this afternoon and with each step the hesitation was there.
What if this doesn’t work?
First the gold tissue paper.
Then the color.
The baby wipes.
The wet paper towels.
I don’t know what sparked her tears, but mine were thankful tears, toward a God who will lead and guide me every step of the way even when I paint because He cares so much about people and relationships.
I can trust the gift He has given me.
More importantly, I can trust Him to accomplish His purposes through my gifts and not because of them.
Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:21 KJV
The truth is, when I obey - it always works.
She gets the painting, He gets the glory and I get to be who I was created to be. Win. Win. Win.
“You see, the essence of your role in the Kingdom is to simply submit your life to the Lordship of Christ, receive the good gifts He has for you and co-labor with the Holy Spirit to release the life of God wherever and however He shows you. The results are up to Him. You are simply called to be a faithful son or daughter in the process.” ― Matt Tommey, Creativity According to the Kingdom: Connecting with Heaven to Create with God and Release Transformation
Two really are greater. Him and I. That’s all I need, the rest, well they’re just art supplies.
Is there something you want to create? What is holding you back? Can you trust Him with the process? The outcome?