Yesterday I showed you how the Trinity showed up in the painting I painted with God’s direction. I had no plans for what this picture would look like. I had no plans for what would be on it. I purposely kept every image that came to mind heading into this evening from sticking around. I wanted to start the evening with a blank canvas and no preconceived ideas of what to place on the canvas. I really wanted this to be an exercise in trusting Him with the result. You may wonder how I ended up with the colors for this painting. When we arrived to paint, we were handed a paper plate and told to choose 3 to 5 colors from the paints available that made us happy. So I gathered my paints and sat down to this…
As I was looking up the scriptures that would help me tell the story of how the Trinity could be seen in this painting, many others began to jump out as relevant and important to what I see when I look at this painting. I have no way of knowing if you will see the same thing. I have had many different interpretations given to me of this painting. I love every one of them. I think they are all relevant. I think the different views are all part of God’s design and the way He weaves us all together into one big picture. Maybe after I am thru showing you all the things He has shown me I will go back and share with you all the things others saw. In fact…I already know what I will call that post! 😉
But today I want to point out what resonated with me in God’s word related to life and healing. Here, again, is the finished painting.
Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar.2 He brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gateway that faces east; and there was water, running out on the right side.
3 And when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles. 4 Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist. 5 Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed. 6 He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?” Then he brought me and returned me to the bank of the river.
7 When I returned, there, along the bank of the river, were very many trees on one side and the other. 8 Then he said to me: “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed.9 And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes. (Ezekiel 47:1-9)
14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:14)
17 for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters.[a] And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:17)
“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body …let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith.” (Hebrews 10:19-22)
For with You is the fountain of life;
In Your light we see light. (Psalm 36:9)
And it will come to pass in that day
That the mountains shall drip with new wine,
The hills shall flow with milk,
And all the brooks of Judah shall be flooded with water;
A fountain shall flow from the house of the Lord
And water the Valley of Acacias. (Joel 3:18)
“The poor and needy seek water, but there is none, Their tongues fail for thirst. I, the Lord, will hear them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. 18 I will open rivers in desolate heights, And fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, And the dry land springs of water. 19 I will plant in the wilderness the cedar and the acacia tree, The myrtle and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the cypress tree and the pine And the box tree together, 20 That they may see and know, And consider and understand together, That the hand of the Lord has done this, And the Holy One of Israel has created it. (Isaiah 41:17-20)
6 And He said to me, “It is done![a] I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. (Revelation 21:6)