Planted by Living Waters is never going to hang in The Louvre, but it’s the fulfillment of a long-planned project; I’ve had several tree paintings rolling around in my brain for years and this was the somewhat obvious outcome for a recycled canvas that 2 other people had previously painted with a basic tree form and some rudimentary (blobby) leaves.
I’m still amazed how the Lord set every little detail in motion for me to complete a painting I’ve wanted to do for a long time – all using someone else’s substrate and basic forms and my limited supply of paint.
I’ve stripped down to bare minimums for art supplies, so making a totally new painting on this used canvas wasn’t an option. There were many opportunities to complain about my limitations, but I chose to skip complaining and to be thankful instead, trusting that I had all I needed to bring this work to completion. As I pushed forward in trust, He opened the way for me to see how to work around problems and He even replenished my paint supplies!
Only after I began working on the previously laid tree framework did I make the connection that this was the form I needed to begin one of my set-aside-for-another-time projects. I ran into some challenges along the way and had to go back and make some lumpy round blobs fit in with my new composition, but now I see that some show-through of the old painting is exactly what My Master wanted in the first place.
Like Jesus did with my own life, He worked with the mixed-mess that I gave Him and made me a new creation, yet left some of my scars, bumps and basic forms still in place to show through!
His Word says He causes all things, ALL things, to work together for good for those who love Him and are the called according to His purpose and that He makes all things beautiful in His time.
Though some of my old scars are still visible, they don’t hobble me; they add dimension to what He’s doing in me now. They help make me who I am becoming in the hands of the Master Painter.
By doing this painting I have MUCH better insight into His process; He takes what He’s given, uses it all, and makes us completely new at the same time! It’s a paradox.
God’s Own Fool by Michael Card
Seems I’ve imagined Him all of my life
As the wisest of all of mankind
But if God’s Holy wisdom is foolish to men
He must have seemed out of His mind
For even His family said He was mad
And the priests said a demon’s to blame
But God in the form of this angry young man
Could not have seemed perfectly sane
When we in our foolishness thought we were wise
He played the fool and He opened our eyes
When we in our weakness believed we were strong
He became helpless to show we were wrong
And so we follow God’s own fool
For only the foolish can tell-
Believe the unbelievable
And come be a fool as well
So come lose your life for a carpenter’s son
For a madman who died for a dream
And you’ll have the faith His first followers had
And you’ll feel the weight of the beam
So surrender the hunger to say you must know
Have the courage to say I believe
For the power of paradox opens your eyes
And blinds those who say they can see
Psalm 1: 1-3
Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
John 4: 5-26
So He came to a city of Samaria… Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”
Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.” Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”
The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”
Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”
Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”
John 7: 37, 38
On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
Believest thou this?