Para-Sailing - Prophetic Art by Gwen Meharg
Watercolor - 22 x 30 unframed
This is a painting about FREEDOM! I wanted the painting to represent the Holy Spirit SOARING!!!
Tammey, a friend at church, titled this one. Tammey got a word to go with this painting
God is giving me this picture of being strapped to a
huge blue gliding parachute. One like you would run
off the top of a mountain and catch the wind and soar
over mountains and valleys, all of His beautiful
creation. The parachute changes colors from time to
time because it is slightly translucent. Depending on
how it catches the rays of the sun, it might be gold,
blue, green, yellow, orange, red. The unique thing is
that you can't look back at where you came from
because the wind, His wind is sending you forward.
No, not just straight forward, because the wind
changes direction as it hits mountains, comes up out
of valleys and comes over and off of the oceans. But
you can't look back because if you do the parachute
will get all twisted. But I'm so captivated by all
the beauty that He is showing me that I don't even
think of looking back because I don't want to miss
what is coming up next because it is all so beautiful,
magnificent, gracious, merciful, almighty, excellent.
I have always liked this ParaSailing painting but always had trouble explaining it. It was something I FELT more than knew. It was how worship was that day and should be and CAN BE every day - even at home. Oh, how I wish I walked in that every day. Don't, but gonna!
Anyway, I get this newsletter from this guy who speaks at homeschool conventions. Great speaker. Good writer. Got some skewed ideas on men and women but I know he will work through that because he is a man after God's heart. We can all use a bit of correction now and then. BUT this newsletter helped me UNDERSTAND THIS PAINTING!!!! WHEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!! I KNEW it was a wheeeeeeeeee painting. I KNEW the Christian walk was supposed to be WHEEEEEEEEEEEE, but now I see that it is in the bible and I AM RIDING HIGH!!!!!
So, I am in Poland but I asked my husband to paste this into the web site. Thanks Jeff Meyer for a good word. His website is at the bottom. Neat guy. Great speaker. Some excellent training material if you want to go browse through his stuff. Blessings ! Gwen
(Oh, he is wordy like I am but this time it will be worth it!)
Second Timothy 3:16-17
says: All scripture is given by inspiration of God,
and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, for instruction in righteousness.*
That the man of God may be PERFECT,
thoroughly furnished unto all good works.**
Translations of that word "perfect" are so varied that
it's confusing to most people. The NIV translates it
"complete." The NAS translates it "adequate."
Perfect? Complete? ADEQUATE?
When three totally different words are used to describe
something, there's only one thing to do: *look back at
the original Greek word the Apostle Paul used.*
The three most commonly used words for "perfect" in the
New Testament are:
* **Teleios (complete in character, *grown up*)
Katartizo (to restore to its *original condition*)
*Artios* (to freshen up, *lifted*, loosened)*
*Paul uses the word "artios" here. The root word is "arti"
which is derived from "airo" and means "*to suspend*."*
IT'S TIME TO SET SAIL
Now lest we get lost in arcane definitions, let me share
a thought with you that may be one of the most profound,
encouraging things you've heard:
*The word "perfect" here comes from the same root word as our word "airplane." **
*It implies lifting-up, loosing from the bonds of something*, being cleaned-up from dirtiness.*
The Greeks didn't have a concept of flying
contraptions, obviously, but they used the word
*"airo" to describe the "lifting up" of an anchor so
that a ship can* be free to sail.**
Are you ready for this? *_/*To be "perfect" and "equipped
for every good work" literally implies to be set free
to accomplish your God-given design and purpose*/_.*
You see, *the Word of God isn't an anchor that weighs us down.* Rather, **it's the thing that lifts the anchors
of sin and frustration so we can be set free to venture out onto the seas of life*.*
Are you weighed down by the frustrations of everyday life? **Let God's Word set you free to sail*.*
John A. Shedd, the Chicago department store magnate (and the man after whom the Shedd Aquarium is named) said, *"A ship in the harbor is safe. But that is not what ships are for." It's time to lift the anchors and set out on an adventure of a lifetime.
As Ronald Reagan once said in an inspirational speech to Chinese college students, "The wind is up, the tide is high, and the opportunity for a long and fruitful journey awaits us. Generations hence will honor us for having begun the voyage."
Make it a great week!
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