An amazing journey with God...the story behind the painting and the music.
A SESSION WITH GOD
This oil painting and it's title were inspired by this verse of scripture: 2 Chronicles 7:14... a direct answer to a prayer I was putting before God. "Are we doomed? Is there any hope for America? What can I do? What can anyone do?" Seemed like the sun was going down on America.
This scripture immediately came to my mind...and for me that was significant.
I have often seen God answer exactly like that before - when I was really sincere and open to His answer...whatever it might be. This was one of those prayers.
I KNEW He was challenging my faith. It's all about believing...REALLY BELIEVING. We had been at this place in other circumstances...and I was being reminded of His Faithfullness to His Word. He never lies.
BUT...this was a Big one..."we're talking about the whole country, God...would you really reverse the sunset on this country?" (I knew He could...but would He?)
This verse says 'Yes' - a Promise - with a Condition. Don't just pray...repent, turn!
I was getting this picture in my head...TRUE BELIEVERS encircling the flag in prayer-sun on the horizon...going down. I was reminded of Hezekiah's story...a very personal one for me. My biggest question became - 'are there enough of us?'
PONDERING THE VISION
Simultaneously I was hearing the faint sounds of drumbeats on the horizon...and then faint horns...and trumpets. God's army...waiting for His people to pray. Then the music - 3 very familiar songs combined in a medley I'd never heard. Woven together they created a vision of darkness on the horizon turning into slivers of light breaking through as the prayers become sincere, impassioned, and consistent. Heaven's host of warriors come to battle the forces of evil on behalf of God's people and the sun begins to shine again on America. But were there enough of us?
That was the summer of 2011. I came away from that experience with two assignments...paint the painting and write the music. I'm a pianist, but not an arranger. I'm an artist but don't do people really...mostly birds, animals, and landscapes. One thing I do know...if God asks you to do something, He will equip you. AND...it's not a good idea to say 'no'.
ANSWERING THE CALL
Both projects took well over a year each to complete. The painting was first. As I painted, my mind was developing the arrangement of the music. I taught my choir director the score and together we worked out the final version. We were highly encouraged to record it after presenting it to our church, and miraculously (!) we found a professional studio only an hour away. That project took another year. The piano alone just wasn't reproducing what I had heard in my head, so the recording studio showed us what was available...and allowed me full access to a very special piano...with all the orchestration I was hearing. God is good. I can't count the hours of recording, listening, critiquing, and going back and forth until we had it just like I heard it.
What a wonderful journey!
We recovered our production costs with local sales of prints and CD's for a season.
FAST FORWARD TO PRESENT DAY
2019 - God opened my eyes to what looks like a sunrise!
I have come to learn of the multitudes that were also hearing Him that summer, and am amazed at their stories. I always love to hear more!
But more importantly - what I am also hearing is that we need to
PRAY NOW MORE THAN EVER BEFORE!
This is a real war in the heavens that will take all of our constant prayers to continue to victory. And we need to Repent...and pray for others that God is calling to repent. We need to pray with BELIEF that He hears us and is true to His promises.
God then asked me to put photos to the music. I know better than to say 'I can't'.
That process also took immesurable hours to research and complete.
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What next??? At this time I am simply motivated to be a motivator - for God's people to open their eyes to what God is doing...and rally in prayer for our country, our world, and the people He has given great tasks to accomplish His goals for the nations. He has given all of us assignments.
The battle lines have been drawn. He is in control! He has called every soul on the planet to hear His voice and kneel before Him. We, as God's people, must do our part...whatever that means to each of us.
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16
photo credit: Jon Tyson-unsplash
Let your light SHINE!
You are one candle. When you light others, your light doesn't diminish...it grows into a glow...and can spread throughout the world!
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