The Healing Tree
All art by Donna Godwin
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,(Z)
and your healing(AA) will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a](AB) will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.(AC)
9 Then you will call,(AD) and the Lord will answer;(AE)
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
Healing is in the winds. Blow Spirit Blow….
There is healing happening everyplace I look-including inside of me. Praise God and thank God for His obedient ministering servants. You know who you are. A prayer can change everything and I tell my congregation ( a lot) that prayer is our most powerful weapon-and it is. My heart is proof of that and so is YOURS!!! Someone, somewhere, has prayed for you and God hears those prayers. It is up to us to surrender our will to His and be completely overtaken by His love and His healing. It takes time-doesn’t it?
If you are like me- you want to know all the answers ahead of time-*ahem* “ it doesn’t happen that way Donna! This is what I hear from our Father: “ Seek ME, talk to ME, tell ME your troubles, spend time with ME, I love you, lay it down, it’s getting heavy isn’t it? why don’t you let me carry it so you can be FREEEEEE? I WANT you to be FREE…”
Like I said, it takes time. we have to learn how to HEAR God, then we have to learn how to SPEAK life and light into our lives. Since attending ALDERSGATE for the first time in my life- my life has changed from the inside out.
I attended a Life in the Spirit seminar earlier in the year and then went to Aldersgate in WVA this summer. WOW! It has taught me to re-train the way I think- to transform my mind-to be holy and pleasing to God- to be a living sacrifice-one of praise, prayer and encouragement. It takes practice and perseverance and spending a lot of time in His Presence and Word.
At any rate- back to the painting- it was therapy for me. I had been deeply hurt and had been carrying that hurt around for awhile. A friend prayed with me and in that time I experienced a sense of release. Today I was studying Isaiah 11:1-3
A shoot(A) will come up from the stump(B) of Jesse;(C)
from his roots a Branch(D) will bear fruit.(E)
2 The Spirit(F) of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom(G) and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,(H)
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—
3 and he will delight in the fear(I) of the Lord.
So my mind was on trees and shoots and fruit. The things of God.
After dinner I headed to the studio to start working on a different painting and I got as far as I could and I felt like I wanted to keep painting. So I found an old piece of matboard and sketched out a rough tree and started from there. I have a piece of colorful cloth hanging over my window and I used that as my inspiration for the colors. Little did I know what would happen later….but scripture tells us that God knows the plans he has for us and that he makes ALL things new!
So I began to paint away. I was listening to this while painting:
I painted for three hours- caught up in the Spirit of God-I was finally free.
( in more than the obvious way.)
The winds of hurricane Sandy were howling out the window, the kids were reading, doing homework and hubby was asleep on the couch.
When I was finished this is what I had done:
As I sit here and look at it, I am overwhelmed by the JOY I feel inside….
This is ME-surrendering my all-laying everything down-at the foot of the HEALING TREE- the place where God gave us His all and the place where we are called to leave ours so we can BE HIS ALL. Yes, for all of you nerds out there, the tree is PURPLE. Purple is the color of ROYALTY and the King I serve is full of ROYALTY. No brown trees in my painting. LOL
The leaves are all different colors- they are the fruit that comes from obedience. They are also from Revelation 22:3 On each side of the river stood the tree of life,bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
There is beauty in healing. People come to life, joy is restored and lives are renewed. I’ve been seeing this happen in my congregation and I stand in awe of all that the Holy Spirit is doing in them and in me. I take no credit-All the glory is God’s and this blogpost is a testament to what God is doing-to what God WANTS to do when we are WILLING to step out and just do what he is telling us-including things like painting.
The heart in the middle of the tree took me the longest to paint. I knew how I wanted it to look and I kept working it until I got it the way it is. I didn’t notice this until a few minutes ago-but do you see the middle of it? There’s a vague figure with arms raised…I didn’t plan that…
My heart is aglow. I love my Lord with every ounce of my being. I fail, I falter and I get back up again. I’ll never be perfect while here, but I am on my way to perfection- as are you!
The figure is me and God has poured His glory out on me-no matter how inadequate or unworthy I feel-God is always with me. When I fall face down before my Father- His glory comes down and shines into my dark places- filling me with light and life for whatever He has planned for me for that moment in time. My heart is renewed, revived, healed and whole again. The healing tree has given me it’s balm. It is like liquid gold. Pure and true. My wounds have mended and Living Water flows from heart once again.
I can breath!
I can sing!
I can dance for joy!
Thanks be to God!
As I was finishing up the painting this is the scripture that came to mind:
Zephaniah 3: 14-17
Sing, Daughter Zion;
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,
15 The Lord has taken away your punishment,
he has turned back your enemy.
The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you;
never again will you fear any harm.
16 On that day
they will say to Jerusalem,
“Do not fear, Zion;
do not let your hands hang limp.
17 The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”
Do you hear that? The Lord is REJOICING over YOU with singing!
Once finished I took a photo and sent it to my friend on FB. I noticed a beautiful flag that someone had posted –with the same colors as my painting. So the thought-“you should post your painting” came to mind, so I did. I’m always posting my art stuff so it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. What happened next was totally divine. I can’t share the details, but just know and believe that God is always at work. This painting will be going out in the mail this week-to someone I have never met-but to someone who has prayed for healing and has seen God through the painting. She has named the painting: “The Touch of God” so she can remember His healing touch. It will hang next to her flag which is called” The Breath of God.”
My new friend said this:
“ It is His message of hope to the wounded daughters …you just preached it in color”
H O P E.
I stand in awe of our Father in heaven in all that He does for us-even through paintings and strangers. When we are willing vessels-He can work wonders. Thanks be to God!