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Arise My Love
Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
Song of Songs 2:13
The original painting is sold. It's story continues with the new owner, who gave it to his little granddaughter.
This was painted during worship service at my church. One of the people fell in love with it and gave the original to his granddaughter for Christmas. She took it on the bus to school for Show and Tell, without asking her parents first. She proudly told the class about her painting, telling them that it represented God’s love that never stops, but keeps coming and coming. Later the principal called the grandfather into her office because the little girl not only showed the painting, but, got up on the table in the cafeteria and told everyone that they all needed Jesus and needed to get saved! She was only 8 years old! The principal told the grandfather that she learned more about Jesus from that little girl than any adult she had ever met.
The Holy Spirit is calling us to a greater intimacy and passion for Jesus. He is calling us to drop what we are doing and just spend time alone with him. The Song of Songs is a foreshadow of Christ wooing his Bride. Jesus is madly in love with us! He is calling us to arise and come away with Him into that private time of prayer and intimate worship with Him.
1 John 4:7 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.”
February 16, 2014
This is what I painted in church this morning in the 11 AM service. I was thinking about painting a dancing heart, full of joy, but, as it progressed, it turned out like this. My church paintings are always an act of faith, since I do not plan them out in advance. Artistically speaking, I think I do better when I have something to study and look at. Reaching into my spirit and imagination is more difficult and challenging to me. I haven't quit learned to let go and let God completely yet. I pray before painting, asking for His guidance and help, but, often I just don't have a clue on what to paint.
Today, the sermon was on marriage, sex, faithfulness, or the lack thereof, addictions, pornography, etc. I think my painting portrays what was said in the sermon. It speaks of passions, different kinds of love, or what we think we are looking for in a relationship, but, not always successful. The hearts are in different colors, because although we think we are looking for love, we often look in the wrong places and it ends up not being what we had in mind at all. True love is a rare thing, that must be protected, nurtured, treasured, never taken for granted and one that can be achieved only when we are seeking the good of the other. Most love relationships are not love at all, but, seeking someone who will make us feel good. In other words, most love relatationships are selfish, instead of selfless.
Don't worry! The annoying watermarks are never on the actual artwork. That is just to protect my art from bad ol' pirates who roam the internet seas. AAARGH!!!