~Jared Emerson, on how he feels about his gift of painting. (Taken from William Paul Young, author of "The Shack" and "Crossroads")
|Jared beginning his masterpiece as the|
Southern Illinois Worship Center band plays
|Captivating and Spirit-filled|
As our worship band played, I can honestly say that Jared had everyone captivated as he slid his fingers up and down the fabric. We watched as with every spatter, every smear across the canvas, an image began to appear. By the end of the song, it was clear...the face of Jesus. Not only does Jared paint in a unique way, he also signs his paintings just as unique. A hand print.
Me: When you paint, do you get inspiration before you begin or while you're painting?
Jared: Both. I don't know why, but I get really nervous before I get up to paint. I wish his [the pastor's] prayer would never end, then I want it to end, but then I think, 'I'm not ready.' But when I get up there the Spirit takes over and it all comes together.
|Picture #1 from first service. |
We talked a little more about inspiration, but what really affects him is a combination of the music, how "worked up" the worship band gets, and of course how much the audience gets into what's happening on the stage.
Jared painted two portraits and while they were of the same thing, there were also differences in each painting due to the excitement level during the worship songs.
|Yours truly with Jared|
Playing in the sandbox with God, our Creator. I never thought of using my talent in this way, but like Jared pointed out, God beckons us to come over to His proverbial sandbox and play with Him. Whether we choose to come, or decline the invitation, is totally up to us. But should we choose to come over into the sandbox and play, we usually get a whole lot more than we expected.
For Jared, it's the art of painting. Not only can he capture the image of Christ, but he can also capture many other images as well. What about you? What is it that God has invited you to use to play in the sand with Him? Mine is writing and speaking. My husband rides a motorcycle to tell others about Jesus. My friend Lanna writes as well, sings, and is compassionate toward others. Some of us preach. Some quilt, or crochet, some build beautiful homes and buildings, others play sports, sing, play a musical instrument (or several), some draw or paint. Some listen, some cook, but whatever it is that you do, know that it is a gift from God. It's your invitation to come play in the sand with Him.
|Picture #2 after second service.|
A distinct difference
You can read Jared's story by going to his website at http://www.thejaredcollection.com/wp/about-jared/.
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