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How to hit the bull’s eye with your art

I bet it is more the rule than the exception for us believers, that at some point we get the looong glances. ūüėČ Like when I say I talk to God they say I’m “rightgeous”, but when I tell them God answers me back they don’t say anything… You can just see the flashing light from their eyes which cable “N-U-T-T-E-R!” ūüėÄ But well, that’s what I was like before I met the Living God in the middle of the street in 2003, so I do¬†understand where these glances come from. ūüôā

When painting or other wise working with the Holy Spirit I’ve come to situations where I’ve had to choose whether to act along the first impression or stay asking God the right way. As many times as this has happened, I’ve also witnessed the “Holy Pattern”. You see, the devil is there quick as an ermine trying to convince “you didn’t hear correctly, maybe you should wait, maybe you should think about it before you start acting according to it, it was just a faint impression, nothing more…”

Don’t try to measure God’s ways with your mind, you’ll never make it even close! For me, the “Holy Pattern” most often has been, that the first impression I get, the first thought or ray of light I see when making my art work with the Spirit, is usually the right way to go further.

There was this miniature roombox that I made into an Ariel washing powder box. The name of this work was “Angel’s laundry¬†day”. The Holy Spirit told me to use one specific Bible phrase with it, and it was: ‘A voice came to him again the second time, “What God has cleansed, you must not call unclean.” ‘ (Acts 10:15, WEB).¬†I really didn’t¬†agree with Him and was thinking a totally different verse, though I did use the one He asked. In the end, I had an exhibition in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation day center in Helsinki, and I later heard, that this specific roombox with this specific Bible verse was really touching a lady customer that was also visiting the exhibition. So keeping my own mind I might have hit 7 or 8, but when I did as the Holy Spirit told me to, my work wasn’t just somethingy nicey: it had the true word of God in it, and it hit the bull’s eye when it reached this lady.¬†

So what ever art you do, be true to the often very small voice of the Holy Spirit. He is gentle and He never forces His way in our life, but if you choose to rely on Him the greatest blessing is to see how He works with and through you! Stay blessed! ūüôā

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Symbols and colours: gold

Love

Esaiah 54:10 “For the mountains may depart, and the hills be removed; but my loving kindness shall not depart from you, neither shall my covenant of peace be removed, says Yahweh who has mercy on you.”

This piece of work is “Love”. It’s one of the three pieces that belong to “Faith, Hope, Love” -triptych. The ground is made with small stones. It represents Christ being on Earth as a regular human being. It also represents sin, which Jesus Christ has conquered through His death and resurrection.

The Bible verse that I felt to relate with this piece tells, that God has made with us a covenant, the covenant of piece. It tells me about Calvary, that is the exact place of the covenant that God made with the whole human kind. The covenant that overcomes sin and gives us the possibility to be saved to Heaven. The Bible teaches us clearly, that it is only through this covenant that we can be saved, covenant which is Jesus Christ himself.

The golden colour then. To me it represents God’s glory, His sovereign power, His kingdom, His victory, the kingship of Jesus Christ. Kevin J. Connor writes in Interpreting the Symbols and Types -book about gold like this: “symbol of kingship, kingdom glory, God or gods”.

Symbols and colours: silver

Pocket watch above silvery sand.

Revelation 22:7, 12-13

This piece of work is called “Gotta watch? Gotta watch!”. It tells about how important it is for us to keep close attention to the “time”. We, as believers, have to keep watch of what is going on in the world, and on the other hand what is going on in our personal relationship with the Holy Spirit. We have to stay spiritually alert!

The second I saw the pocket watch in a second hand shop, the Holy Spirit told me what I was supposed to do with it. There is a so called “Doomsday Clock” in the University of Chicago. “It is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our¬†civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making. First and foremost among these are nuclear weapons,¬†but the dangers include climate-changing technologies, emerging biotechnologies, and cybertechnology that could¬†inflict irrevocable harm, whether by intention, miscalculation, or by accident, to our way of life and to the planet.” (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, 2016)¬†

At the moment this post is written, the Doomsday Clock shows 3 minutes to midnight. The Bible verses related to this piece of work are

Revelation 22:7, 12-13 “7.Behold, I come quickly. Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book. 12.Behold, I come quickly. My reward is with me, to repay to each man according to his work. 13.I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

Of course the lion that is pictured in the clock represents the Lion of Judah to me. And last but not least: the silvery colour then. It represents God’s victorious Army, His omnipotent Being, and the victory of God’s Kingdom. This is my personal interpretation of what the colour (or mineral) silver speaks to me.

Silver appears in the Bible e.g. in Exodus 30:11-16 where the silver shekel was the most common means of payment, each israelite was to pay half a shekel as ransom for his soul to Yahweh. In the book Interpreting the Symbols and Types Kevin J. Conner interpretes silver (pg. 23) as “Price of a soul” and also “Redemption money” according to Matthew 27:3-9, where Judas had sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.

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