...but He just won't let you!
It's not like I haven't been here before! (It's been a few years, I suppose - but still - I know this routine!) I have the honor of attending a Women's Retreat and was asked to teach a couple of workshops while there. Aaah yes - this is what I LOVE... to pour out, to share Him, to love on one another, to be real and talk long, to create Community. In fact, this is exactly what I 'put out there' when Holly Gerth invited us all to be bold and tap out our God-Sized Dreams.
OK... not exactly. But it's close. I would much rather the workshops be on Intimacy with God, on Worship or Prayer, or teaching the Word, or even leading a How-To class on scrapbooking card making, or decorating... but this? A workshop on Prophetic Art... now this is out of my comfort zone.
Ha... that is a sort of inside joke... you see, THIS is the artwork He had me do for the retreat itself:
Yeah - did you notice that 'Comfort Zone' on that clock... He can be so funny, right?
It was the beginning of this crazy busy week, and I had lists miles long for every single day when I was already running behind. My sweet friend, the first one to arrive for our small group, rang the bell as I was finishing up the vacuuming. I let her in and saw that she came bearing gifts. Well - one, really - and a LARGE one at that!
"Consider the lilies, how they grow. They neither (wearily) toil nor spin nor weave; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory (his splendor and magnificence) was not arrayed like one of these." (Luke 12:27 Amplified)
The meaning or symbolism of White Lilies includes Purity, Modesty, and Sweetness. My friend couldn't have known that it was at the LAST Women's Retreat that I taught at where the Lord told me I was called and gifted to be 'Gooey for Jesus'; that His 'Sweetness' flowed through me.
This is my hearts desire - that this weekend - that ANY weekend, on any given day throughout any week... His Love so shines through me, that I pale and His Glory and Presence shine bright. It won't matter what I teach or what I say if all the ladies come away with is me.
What I want them to know - to see - to really 'grab hold of' is Him. Him - at work in and through each of them whether they consider themselves creative, or not! After all - as I will share - Prophetic Art is not so much about skill... it's not about me, or them - it's about hearing Him and painting out of what He says. If we learn and remember to do that - the art will reveal the Artist. The very Artist who created these gorgeous Lilies...
... and every single precious sister/daughter/friend sitting in my class, and every single one of you reading these very words!
Yes... I needed those flowers this week! For when my flesh would cry out to stress and worry; when I found myself, distracted, glued to YouTube (thanks again - you know who you are!) instead of preparing my Powerpoint... I would catch the scent, or pass by and drink in the Beauty and remember... "Consider the Lilies..."
So - I am as ready as the Lord will allow me to be... after all - you can't really completely prepare for a workshop that is based around prophetic ministry!
I am confident that where I may fail - He never will!
After all... Consider the Lilies!
Speak Life, Be Love, Shine On!