This is how I feel right now.
This ONE WITH THEM contest has just shown me how amazing God is and how quickly and flawlessly the body of Christ can come together and support one of its members.
I first heard about Open Doors International when I read God's Smuggler the story of Brother Andrew I was completely in awe of God and his provision and comfort in times of struggle and worry. His many stories of smuggling the Bible across borders were an encouragement to my heart, these were the things I longed to hear of Gods kingdom and the workers who were doing what God had called them to do.
It was almost a year ago when I found myself fairly secluded and my desires to please the Lord through missions kept growing. One of my favorite scriptures, which I've said many times, had become Acts 21:13 where Paul declares: "Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus." My own heart was longing to go, but I knew that God had to be the one to provide a way and that it had to be in His perfect timing. During this time, my best friend had ventured to Colorado for a ministry training opportunity and so this was the perfect time for God to start working on my heart even more deeply than before, who else could I share my deepest thoughts with, but Him?
I began a year long study in the book of Acts and I felt like Paul. He was longing to travel back to Rome, but he knew that it would be as the Lord willed and he did not know how it would happen. This is how I feel about missions, in my own life Cambodia is at the forefront of my mind and I know that someday I will get there. I just have no idea how or when this is going to happen, but my God is faithful and I trust him.
Reading about the first missionaries, about Paul, learning about Gladys Aylward and others, what they went through and what others are still going through so impacted me that God allowed me to use my gift of art to express these things which could not so easily be put into words.
Naturally, when I saw the email about the ONE BODY-MANY GIFTS contest I was completely caught off guard. Has there ever been such a thing? Is this the point where God opens a door? I contemplated for a long time, I prayed and I made sure that this was what God wanted. And then I entered.
The support that I received is so immense that I still can hardly believe what is happening. I think that because I have had my art in shows before, but never has it been accepted and support so much. Again I say I am thankful that the body of Christ can come together and support and give encouragement to one of its members.
To conclude, whether I win or not I will rejoice with the body for we are all connected by Jesus Christ. I am so thankful and so blessed I can't even express it.
|My entry into the contest, one large image of the whole piece with some detail shots.|