Forgiven and Redeemed by Christine Council
Forgiven and Redeemed by Christine Council
A couple of years ago, I attempted to paint prophetically up front at a church in Va. I painted the canvas yellow...and started to paint words with the color purple like, King of Kings, Glory...etc. I was so nervous...I messed up a word...and completely misspelled it. In a panic and so ashamed...I just started blending the 2 colors together to make an ugly swirl of purpley-gold shame...and then eventually...because I wasn't sure what to do, I just set the canvas aside.
People at the meeting came up to me and kept asking me, "What are you going to paint on there?" I did not want to talk about it, because I was too embarrassed to tell them, I just messed up, and I have no idea. I just wanted to pretend it never happened.
A couple of years later, I was led by the Lord to re-paint For You! Liberty at a local church. The painting has blood dripping on it. I knew it would have to be just right to do in church. To prepare I needed to see how the red "blood" would drip, so I decided to use this discarded canvas as my trial run. I went to the store and looked for the perfect color. I got several different ones to try, thick paints, thin paints, and paints like red glitter to make the blood look like it was still wet. Then I covered the canvas with drips of red paint, all over the whole canvas.
The next morning I checked it and found the drips that were the best. When I was finished, I put the canvas aside, and I had the thought, maybe I should just throw it away, because it was definitely ruined. It not only was covered in paint, but there were bumps and ridges from the drips.
One day, I was cleaning up my art studio and I came across this canvas again. But this time, the Lord said, "take that canvas out and look at it." I was laughing, thinking, what? What are you showing me? But then the more I looked, I started seeing something in it, on it. I kept thinking, "I should paint something with the blood of Jesus dripping on this canvas".
So I looked online and found a photo, from the "Passion of the Christ." It touched me deeply. Moved my heart... So I considered painting it...but since it was a photo from a movie, I decided to keep looking...
Then the next day, someone tagged me in that very same photo!! So there it was...I was tagged. Then I knew I was supposed to paint it...as worship...thinking that maybe people will be touched by just looking at it and possibly even saved.
So I started painting. I took this old discarded canvas, a canvas that had once been a source of shame for me. A canvas that had been used and set aside...that seemed to be good for nothing...and I began to cover it with a fresh coat of paint. As I did, I noticed that the texture, the ridges and bumps were one of the best parts of the painting and I loved how the red glitter from the paint would shine through and began to go over the whole canvas. How that horrible color I created from the mistake, that gold and purple swirl coming through from the background, was one of the most beautiful colors of the painting!!!
Then I began to weep. I began to say to the Lord, "I love this painting!" I was touching it with my hands as I painted. I could not stop weeping and saying that I loved it. It was seeing His face there. It looked as though He was laughing and crying at the same time.
Then the Lord spoke to me, and He said, "Chrisie, you were like that canvas, you had made mistakes that were shameful, you'd been trashed, set aside...and even labeled "good for nothing." But then I, in My love, chose you to be Mine, I covered you with My blood, made you beautiful and useful again. I took the very things that seem to be the biggest weaknesses in you, and made them the most special, unique parts. And now...when the people look at you, they don't see the shame or mistakes, how you were used and discarded...now when people look at you...they just see Me.
*The rights to the image I used as a reference belong to Icon Productions
ABOUT THE ARTIST
I have been an artist all my life, but started painting deliberately in 1991, not long after I was saved. Something inside of me wanted to create art, even as a child. So one night, armed with only 6 tubes of paint, I painted my first painting. When I showed it to my family, they didn't believe I had actually painted it--that was all the encouragement I needed!! Not long after I started painting, I would take my art to work with me to show the resident artist at my workplace. Coworkers would see my artwork and commission me to do portraits for them. As a single mom, the extra money came in handy, it seemed the Lord was having others pay me as I was learning to paint, and He would bring commissions to me at just the right time.
I started dreaming of teaching children art, so I got job as a teaching assistant for a local town art center. I loved it, but did not like feeling the spirit of witchcraft that permeated the atmosphere. I dreamed of a place where God would be worshiped with the arts. Eventually I became a teacher and started my own art school. I designed a year long fine art curriculum for home schooled students and began working out of my trunk, teaching art classes in local churches. www.rainbowskiesandbutterflies.com I stopped a couple of years ago when my son left home, but I hope one day to start again in a more permanent location.
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