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May032012

Eyes of the heart


“ Eye has not seen, nor ear heard

Nor have entered into the heart of man

The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

 

But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit.

I am convinced we can see more clearly through our hearts then through our eyes. We can see things with the eyes of the heart that we’ll never see with the eyes of the head. Because His Spirit lives in us, our hearts can see. We can see with our hearts what is invisible to our natural eyes – we can see into the spiritual realm.

The Lord has been teaching me recently to really look and not just with my eyes. To draw from my small faith tank, believing there is more in front of me then just what I see with my natural eyes.

I recently finished a drawing entitled “Wings of the Morning”. It’s been a long time since I heard the Lord’s voice that clearly while working, and what happened while working on this piece, excites my spirit yet baffles my mind…

There was a wonderful flow to the process of the work but having completed the foreground and the sky, I felt there was something missing in this landscape – something living. While pondering this dilemma the word “Geese” dropped into my spirit.

As the sky was already done I was now presented with a technical challenge. If this was an oil painting I could simply wait for the paint to dry, then paint the geese into the sky – but I was working with pastels. I needed to somehow get an outline of the geese onto the finished pastel sky. The only way I knew to accomplish this was to do the geese on tracing paper and then rub them down. This method of transferring images works good on clean paper but I’ve never had any success with it on paper already saturated with pastel. But for the lack of a better way, I gave it a try. The result was what I expected –  nothing. There was not a single trace of the geese in the sky. While considering my options I heard one word from the Lord; “Look”.

I looked and saw nothing. I looked closer. Now with my face six inches from the paper, I continued to look. What happened next defies reality, I was beginning to see the shape of one of the gooses heads, just that tiny portion, nothing else. I started to lightly trace the outline of the small head and as I progressed, more of the body outline was revealed to me until I had a complete outline of the goose. This process continued with all the geese one by one (except 2 would not materialize) leaving me with 12 geese, not the 14 I had on tracing paper.

Looking with my natural eyes, there was nothing there, but the eyes of my heart could see. With childlike faith I took the Lord at his word and simply looked, kept looking – until the eyes of my heart were opened to see into His realm. To see what was not visable.

What happened to me is exactly what Hebrews 11:1 speaks of concerning faith being the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

The world has an expression: “Seeing is believing”. I think it is better said; “Believing is seeing”. If we believe in our hearts, we’ll see with the eys of our hearts. As his children we are called to do the impossible… see the invisible.

Keep looking – the view is magnificent!

Reader Comments (1)

I stumbled on your site. Please don't stop blogging. You have inspired me to continue my art. Father God bless you.

February 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterP. Elliott Teague

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