As a Christian artist my prayer is to see things as God sees them or to have my spiritual eyes open as it were. With this in mind I had it in my heart to paint a small rock pool.
Picking my way across the rocks at low tide and jumping over little pools of water left behind by the ocean, I saw how insignificant they were; but each one in its own way was catching the full light of the sun, which in turn was transforming them into things of great beauty. They were so bright you could hardly look at them!
Upon reflection, I realised that they were also teeming with life. In each pool there were small shrimps, beautiful anemones, crabs, seaweed, algae and even tiny fish! All possible because essentially these pools were part of the ocean and twice a day would be refreshed and replenished.
It would be another matter however, if the tide level were to drop leaving the pools isolated. They would stagnate. How, as Christians, we need that daily renewing of the mind, a fresh encounter with the Almighty God each and every day to find refreshment and renewed life.
I set about to paint a pool with the Sun’s reflection but as I painted, I realised I had actually painted what looked like the universe in all it’s glory.
Whilst deliberating upon this I heard God say, ‘Be still my child, and you will perfectly reflect my Glory.’ We might seem small and insignificant, but He can be beautiful in us. His light can reflect in us so brightly that people will see only Him; only His beauty.
After a while I began to doubt my painting, and remembering that I wanted to paint a small puddle and not the universe I made adjustments. But I spoilt it; I reduced it to nothing more than a messy puddle-literally!
I am learning in life that we have to rest. We have to stop striving and trying to work things out ourselves. We have to simply trust God and keep our eyes on Him and let Him work in us and through us. Only in this way can we truly reflect His glory and bear fruit. If we linger and gaze on Him we will begin to see as He sees and to understand His heart.
‘You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.’ Matthew 5: 14-16
But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘…For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.’ 1 Samuel 16:7