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When I started working on this painting I was stirred up by this Verse:
"And behold, the LORD was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing." -- 1. Kings 19:11-12 (NASB)
I find it fascinating that Elijah heard God's voice in the "gentle blowing". How comes God wasn't in all the super loud, attention grabbing, majestic appearances?
Many believers pray to God every day that He may speak to them and are disappointed when nothing seems to happen. No fiery hand appears and writes on the wall, no thunder, earthquake or angel's trumpet make known the Lord's will. I believe God always wants to speak to us, He has all the solutions and wants to guide us. So why do so many Christians still not hear him? I believe there's several reasons:
1. He speaks many languages.
God can utilize pretty much everything to speak to us. Other people, a song in the radio, a movie scene, the beautiful scenery of a landscape, emotions, dreams... Just like Elijah we have to move away from our prejudiced imagination on how exactly God is going to show up and speak to us. Sometimes he seems to like to choose the least obvious way.
2. He speaks when He wants to.
I've discovered that often times God chooses to speak at times I'd least expect it: on the way to work in the car, when I wake up in the middle of the night, during work at my desk... the point is that if we're only open for His talking during our "quiet time" from 6-6:30am, or on a sunday morning, we're definitely going to miss out on a lot of divine encounters.
3. Often times He has already spoken
Have you every tried to imagine how your life would be like, if you'd truly hold on to what God said in the past? What if every day before you start in to your routine, you'd make yourself aware of all the truth and promises God has ever spoken over your life? Unfortunately what's true for most of us is that whatever God spoke yesterday, we'll have forgotten tomorrow. Most believers need to hear that God loves them every week, because they're not able to trust his word enough to make it their reality. This might sound tough, but I've discovered that sometimes God doesn't like to repeat himself anymore. On the other side we can become such good stewards of His words and promises, that we'll attract more and more of it. It's totally up to us.
4. We don't really listen.
I personally didn't start experiencing God every day, until I learned to tune my spirit into His in the midst of every-day business. I had to become sensitive towards His presence to be able to notice his "gentle blowing" at any time and in any situation. It's like one of your best friends is calling you. You'd probably pick up the phone and interrupt whatever you're doing, am I right? Once I started treating God the same way, I experienced a huge increase in supernatural leading and constant awareness of His presence.
In this painting I felt inspired to capture that moment of being fully immersed in His gentle blowing, being sensitive to His warm presence and allowing every thing else to fade into the background. One day not too long ago I heard God say these words to me:
"Daniel, worship is to simply enjoy me."
This short sentence literally changed my life forever. Is it possible that living al lifestyle of worship is as simple as taking a deep breath and enjoying him in this very moment? I hope when you look at this prophetic painting you can feel this sense of peace and relaxation in Him.
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