Inspired from the book of Isaiah 53: 3-5
The Laborer - God Wants To Bless You
I was moved by the Holy Spirit to extend my experience of hope and comfort to those of us who are faced with troubled times. The image you see above is the painting that has my deepest heartfelt
Stricken with several bone spurs in my 7th and 8th cervical in the year 2006-07 I would resist any type of movement to avoid intense pain. Anything that would cause pressure or compression in my spine would send shooting pains, that I can only describe as bad as labor pains. I could not sit at all for anything, and only standing for short amounts of time and then I would lay flat and hold my head I one certain position to find some short of relief.
I was told by doctors in Nov of 2006 that the bone spurs were inoperable ~ crushing nerves and my spinal cord. The doctors prescribed some medicine but I ended up flushing them down the toilet because they didn't make me feel good. I also thought, it would be best and that I need to feel any changes so I know what is going on when God heals me. So, seeking the Lords comfort and healing was my only option.
The more I thought about it, I figured well God, has my attention now, as it appears the only place I can look most of the time is UP. Weeks turned into months as I lied in bed watching the calendar, and watching my loving family do just about everything from laundry to cooking, and the house cleaning. In my bedroom are many paintings and little did I realize they would be such a blessing to have at home rather than being exhibited for showing and sales. Being sick in bed was no fun, and being alone for 10-12 hrs a day made me appreciate the saying, a picture is worth a thousand words.
Isaiah 30:18, Therefore, will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you and therefore will he is exalted, that he may have mercy upon you.
Well, one day in the midst of praying and listening to CD's with messages of hope, I would gaze over at the painting on the wall in my bedroom, and feel the deep mercy of God's love so strong I knew He was in my presence.
I would hear more and more clearly and soft gently voice, saying, “just give me a chance, Renee, and give me a chance. I could strongly hear the Lords compassion and kindness full of mercy and grace and when this would happen to me in the midst of his wonder and love, I would cry back to him, “thank you”. I ask myself, did God have me paint that image to someday play a significant role in my time of comfort?
Ed, would come home from work and ask me how I was doing, and I would tell him of my practice reading the word and confessing God’s word with my mouth. This may sound silly, I would say to him but, I place a foot stool in front of the window and raise the bible to the heavens and I would pray, and lift up the name of Jesus. The voice of God began to harvest the gift of God’s healing from his word spoken. The word of God being confessed out loud is what increases our faith, even when it is our own voice confessing his work in us.
So, here I painted a painting with the intention to draw hearts closer to him and feel his love. Well Jesus used that same painting to draw me ever so deeply, closer, to him. I want my viewers to see how the hand of Jesus is wiping his tears, and the mouth is expressing grief and sorrows. We see the Lord sweating pouring off his brow, expressing the sincerity of Jesus's self-sacrifice and long suffering.
In Isaiah 53: 3-5 we read, he is despised and rejected of men, a man of many sorrows, He was wounded for our transgressions and he was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of peace was upon him, and with his strips we are healed.
Jesus went the distance to show us how much he cares about you. We can't even imagine no matter how much we try just how much he suffered for you and for me. Jesus suffered because he cares about you deeply, and he wants to trust you with healing if we desire to love him and thank him and never forget all his benefits.
We need to realize that through our belief we are honoring the fact that God suffered for us and he just wants us to seek him and love him back, daily. We are expressing our gratitude for his gift of self-sacrifice and confessing with our mouth.
Praise God, I was healed in June of 2007 and I believe the process in still in motion. God is actively seeking to bless you, if you can just hear him saying, "Just gives me a chance."! Let God's word be the medicine for your soul, mind and body! Are you willing to give Him a chance?