I once heard a story of someone being physically healed, the moment
they laid eyes on a painting that had been done during a time of
worship. Wow!! How amazing is that?! God uses art to bring healing!
A few months ago, I was asked to paint during worship—something I had
never done before. My initial reaction was, “How can I do this? I
never paint with an audience. What if I make a mistake? Everyone will
be watching!” I quickly realized that my concerns were all about my
performance and insecurities. On the contrary, this was supposed to be
about worshiping God. I needed to get out of the way and allow the Holy
Spirit to move and direct me. It wasn’t about pleasing people, or
coming up with an incredible piece of art. This was supposed to be a
selfless offering to my Savior.
Before the service, a group of us gathered to pray and get a sense of
what God might be doing. I prayed for pictures, colors and ideas to
put on that blank canvas. Sure enough, a simple picture repeatedly
entered my mind. The Spirit was totally leading!!!
As the service began, I walked over to the blank canvas, which was
hanging slightly out of view, on a wall off to one side of the room.
The music started, and all my concerns, fears, and insecurities
instantly vanished! It was spectacular!! With each brush stroke and
layer of paint, the Holy Spirit was leading me. I was facing the wall,
my back to everyone, feeling such freedom, singing my heart out, raising
my hands, and PAINTING!
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the
Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
How does this work practically? No matter your skill level, I would
encourage you to try this at home.
If you’d like to try doing art during a worship gathering, I would
recommend setting up the canvas or work area out of main sight. I know
that it can be cool to watch art being done on stage with the band, but
it can also be incredibly distracting. At our church, we have the art
area off to one side of the room. That way, people are able to fully
focus on God rather than watching the artist’s every move, and when they
are done engaging in worship, they can have a look at what has been
created. Also, don’t feel the pressure to have a completed work of art
during one worship-set. Take your time. It might be several weeks before
you are finished. Lastly, remember your art is an offering of worship
to God. Once you finish a piece, let it go. It shouldn’t matter if it
gets displayed for the whole world to see or covered up so that someone
else can create something later.
It is all about God! May he be glorified in our art!!