Your Word Took Hold of My heart


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Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)

Twenty years ago the Lord came to me: His word took hold of my heart, and gradually my interest in watercolor painting vanished.  I used to paint throughout the night when the whole house was silent and my husband and the children were in bed.  Only a few  years ago, I tried to paint again, ending in frustration, I discarded some of my beloved brushes in anger; these brushes were my hands that accompanied me to produce many pictures, but sadly they no longer recognized me, and neither I knew them.

Suddenly my desire to paint returned recently.  I am surprised that I still know how to handle the brushes, although my ability to paint is not as good and my imagination and perception are not as keen as twenty years ago. I just wonder what if I could wait until now; my once faithful, but discarded companions could still be with me to create many illusions together?

I don’t regret that the Lord took away my interest in painting until now because He gave me an everlasting life, a loving relationship with Him, peace, and a very unified family; furthermore, all my children moved away from home one after another, and they sent me more and better things for my hobby. They sent me easel, pencils for sketching, canvas, brushes, watercolors, acrylic paints that I have never tried; and oil painting set. I loved oil painting, but I gave it up as soon as my first child came to the world because oil painting is messy, smelly, and takes a long time to dry, and besides I did not have a spare room and time to enjoy it.

I am no longer mourning for my long lost friends although I miss them very much because the Lord has provided me many to replace them only if I spend time to train them patiently.

Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.  (Matthew 6:33

Am I going to be as crazy as before I knew the Lord to live every spare minute in painting? It is easy to go back to pursuit my old artist dream, but whatever I accomplish with my strength and ability will be worthless to God; it will be consumed in the fire in a twinkling of an eye; only the work guided by His Holy Spirit to build his kingdom will remain.

Since the will of the Lord is to save people from going to hell; therefore, instead of painting, my goal is to work even harder to bring the true light Of Jesus Christ to the ignorant lost souls who live in darkness desperately seeking peace, break free from sins and mental turmoil, so that they can see and turn to Jesus for salvation.

“Come, follow Me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19)

The author accepted the Lord since 1996. She likes to paint, read, design, travels, and gardening. Most of all, she enjoys observing God's creation.
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