Painting during worship is much more than making a pretty picture. It's the culmination of a journey with Jesus that started days, and sometimes weeks, ahead of time. It’s the joy of seeing the image come to life that the Lord places on the heart of the artist by painting it the way HE wanted it painted, using the colors HE chose, and creating it on the canvas size that HE picked out. Watching the picture emerge, using the techniques HE revealed, goes beyond joy. It’s the amazement of knowing that Jesus is painting with each of us artists, as we surrender to HIM. And the end result often surprises the artist as much those who are watching.
HOPE was painted at the 2017 HUB Conference in Schaumbug, Il
Prophetic Inspiration to go with Painting:
There is no desert too dry, no mountain too high, no valley too low, where Christ’s LOVE cannot reach. No matter how badly broken or destroyed things are, the LOVE of Jesus causes hope to arise and new growth to spring forth. HIS LOVE awakens the dead bones and enables dried-out branches to bloom.
HIS LOVE restores what has been cut down or taken away. HE brings water to the wastelands, turns deserts into flowering gardens, and enables us to rise high above each and every situation as we yield to HIM.
Awaken, O church! Prepare yourself to step into the new vibrancy, the ever-increasing vitality, and the unstoppable zeal for Christ’s Kingdom that has never been seen before! This WILL happen, and it will happen suddenly!
“Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again, from the depths of the earth you will bring me up.” – Psalm 71:20 NIV
As I was painting HOPE at the HUB Conference, a lady came up behind me and started crying. When I asked her what was wrong, she said she came to the conference looking for hope. She felt drawn to the picture I was painting and read the words of encouragement that I had taped to my easel. She was crying because she knew God was speaking hope into her heart. The next day, several other people said the same thing.
I want to encourage you that when the Holy Spirit places an idea in your heart of what to draw, paint, write, sing or dance, please step into it. When the Lord prompts you to do something and you obey, you’ll discover that HE has a plan and a purpose to use you, and your work, to touch someone’s heart.
More about the HOPE painting
More information on the HOPE painting, and prints of it are available on Fine Art America. You might need to type in "Lynn Zuk-Lloyd" to get to her page.
BROKEN TREE BRANCH was painted at the Karitos INDY Conference
The broken tree branch leaning on the fence shows what happens when we cling to the pain of our woundedness – it creates a fence around us that blocks out the good things, and keeps us fenced in so we stay trapped our pain, discouragement and disappointments. We lean on the fence instead of leaning on God. But when we give our hurts and wounds to Jesus Christ, we become like the branch that stretches higher than the fence – the branch that produces new leaves, and new growth, as it gives praise to the Lord. And when we release our hurts to Christ, the Holy Spirit enables us to see beyond the fence of our limitations, and see the wonderful things God has for us that are on the other side of the fence. (Photo taken by Paul R. Lloyd)
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7
Responses to this Painting
This is one of the paintings I take with me when speaking at job ministries and professional groups. People have asked to have their picture taken next to this painting, to remind them not to cling to their brokenness, but to be free from being fenced in by limitations.