Photo Credit: Jeanine Taylor
“One year from now we may look back and see impossibility turn into destiny!”
– The Stairway, Brian Simons
This year I got to return to Scioto Youth Camp Jr. High week and lead a coaching session in prophetic art. You know those times where God is just revealing Himself so much you can’t write it all? I’m having one of those moments and it’s a real challenge to determine which route to take… I want to tell you how amazing these young people are, the ways I saw God speak to them when they thought they messed up their painting, and how incredibly blessed I feel to have been able to speak into them. I want to share how touched I was when one of my best friends and my kids just pitched in and helped without even being asked, took amazing photos so I could have them to remember and had the most supportive attitudes. But, of course, Holy Spirit is leading me to share the most personal part of this anniversary.
Earlier in the week I painted during worship for SYC to demonstrate what I would be leading later in the week. As I gathered my things for that evening I reflected on Lydia, one of my honorary kiddos, who would be painting with me that evening. Don’t you just love how you can learn from anyone? I was thinking of her with such pride at how quickly she agreed to paint with me when the previous year it was more of a hesitation. God took me back to that time and reminded me that once she had chosen to paint she had become very ill and was not able. I was seeing how He was restoring that moment and she was stepping into it with a new confidence! It was so beautiful. Then He took me back to myself. I realized how much I have changed and how much He has given me that I never would have imagined possible in just one year!
It’s like looking at the weaving of fine fabric through a magnifying glass. It’s overwhelming just to think on… I saw this girl who had no idea where she was headed. I had just finished CSSM, was in an odd place with my painting and had declined a mission trip I planned to take (not just any mission trip, but one that would have been my first as well as my oldest child’s first.) Those are just a few pieces. I remember asking God what it was all for, the things I had stepped out in, because I was unsure where I was headed. So He says, “what if it was all just to know me more and for you to be free?” I settled in that. I recall resting in a place Jesus, just seeing what was to come. He’s such a good dad and His timing is always right. So time pans out I could see the intersections and opportunities, also how difficulties were turned to strength and growth. Over the past year I have had the honor of being a part of several amazing Kingdom focused teams, interned for a school raising up fire starters, took my 1st mission trip, I’m headed to my 1st Europe visit WITH my oldest child, created paintings with God that I’m still amazed came from my hand and found a tribe to run with. Most of all, I get to see unique and different facets of Jesus in all of it. What a ride.
I write all this not to brag or just gush on God’s love for me but as an encouragement. I know if someone would have come to me a year ago and shown me these very things I would have had a hard time seeing how that could all happen in just 365 days. Not that I doubted God, but my imagination just isn’t always as big as His. It’s like He looked at my hopes and dreams and said, “Hmm, we need to super-size these and add a few more.” In writing this I felt like there would be people in a similar place of change, not entirely sure what they are headed towards and things look different than they expected. The word I have for you is: Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you. -Ephesians 3:20 TPT It’s on the way, He has so much in store for you! Perhaps He is just giving you a moment to catch your breath before taking it away in amazement.
↓ Link to a song I kept hearing as I wrote. Get ready for new wine.