Tonight God revealed this same lesson to me in such an amazing way. God has been calling me to follow His lead in my painting; to be truly present with Him, to feel His strength and let Him guide me. So often, I strive for art, I make it about me, I lead; or conversely, I go in aimlessly, just get the daily painting done and go to bed... Tonight he wooed me. He took me to the dance. He led the way, and I am so thankful I followed.
I had no intention of painting an angel tonight. I was figuring on a quick landscape and retiring to read a few chapters. But God gave me this. I spent time with Him and I drew. I was satisfied... still maybe I would read a bit. I did my usual. I post my daily painting to Facebook (#715) and then on Instagram. I added all of the hashtags. What I do next in my routine is to click on my hashtags and see what else is in the group. For example, #dailypainting usually has other artists that post a painting each day. I go in and "like" things there and then I try to find one post to like in each of the hashtags I use. Well, when I clicked on #angel, tears fell as I saw a sorrowful picture of a mother and her tiny infant who had just passed away, now with the angels. I cannot even begin to imagine the depths of this woman's pain. But for whatever reason, God led me to her in this dance tonight, through, of all things, Instagram; to reach out to her, lift her in prayer and into His loving arms of comfort.
Listening, following, being used by God, bringing Him glory... that is the dance. It doesn't get better than this.