A couple of months ago while I was browsing some YouTube videos, I came across this tutorial on “How to paint clouds”. I watched it with great interest and told myself I’d paint some clouds soon. A few weeks passed before I really got down to painting it. This I think was sometime in May this year.
I painted the background a few layers of watery light blue and left it for another week or so. My inspiration and excitement to paint these clouds fluctuated hence the delays. When my interest returned one fine Sunday morning after returning from service, I picked up a toothbrush and started to paint the clouds using some of the techniques I learnt from that tutorial I had watched earlier. Honestly it wasn’t up to my expectation. Nothing all that great I would say! I looked at my ‘clouds’ in disappointment thinking how I was so very excited to paint it and yet it didn’t turn out as expected. I let the unfinished painting sit on my easel for a couple of weeks more.
The next ‘stirring’ to paint came ‘out of the blue’ during the wee hours of one morning. It was almost 2 am that I found myself looking at the unfinished ‘clouds’ painting. I had never painted at this hour before due to poor lighting. I squeezed out a tiny bit of yellow and red paint onto my palette and blended it in with the blue and white which was predominant. To the naked eye, the tinge of yellow and red weren't noticeable at all. I went back to sleep peacefully after that short painting session.
I looked at the unfinished painting everyday as it sat on the easel in my room. Thought nothing of it until I had the ‘prompting’ to take a snapshot of it. I used my old and faithful Nokia to take a few pictures. I then felt a stronger prompting to place the picture as a wallpaper on my phone.
The minute I did that, my eyes literally became ‘unveiled’. I began to notice that this unfinished, simple painting of clouds was no ordinary painting!
Each time I looked at it, I noticed images. These images became clearer and clearer as the days passed. God was speaking in an awesome way to me. His creative power so evident that I could hardly contain my excitement to share this with my family and friends. I waited though and shared it sparingly with a few people. It was as if I wanted the reassurance from ‘people’ to accept what God was showing me. Still, within me I already knew this was AWESOME beyond words!
I began to pray for God to reveal more to me and help me understand HIS message. ‘Lord, what is it that you wish to show me?’ Help me understand and focus on YOU and not what I think it is. Tell me when I should share this with the world. I am so excited but please help me follow YOUR timing Lord.’
A couple of weeks ago, I transferred the picture from my Nokia cellphone to my laptop. I viewed the picture using the Picasa Photo editor and cropped it to give it a tidier look. I had planned to share it with a few friends and family members on Facebook. After cropping it, I unintentionally clicked on “AUTO CONTRAST”. The outcome was even more AWESOME!!!
The images became so much more clearer. That night my sister Linda called and I told her about the images I noticed in this painting of mine. I started with a very brief description and before I could elaborate further , she told me to go look at scripture in Ezekiel. I did.
Ezekiel 10:14 (NIV)
14 Each of the cherubim had four faces: One face was that of a cherub, the second the face of a human being, the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.
** I did the cross reference later
The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle.
As Bearers of the Throne: As attendants of God, they bear the throne upon which He descends from His high abode. Thus in the description of a theophany in Psalms 18, we read: - "He bowed the heavens also, and came down; And thick darkness was under his feet. And he rode upon a cherub and did fly; Yea, he soared upon the wings of the wind." (Psalms 18:9,10) + Hence, the Lord, or, as the fuller title goes, the Lord of Hosts, is repeatedly styled "He that sitteth (throned) above the cherubim" (Psalms 80:1; 99:1; 1 Samuel 4:4, and elsewhere). There is certainly no trace here of bull figures: bulls do not fly. The underlying conception is, it seems, rather that of the storm cloud. Compare Psalms 104:3: - "Who maketh the clouds his chariot; Who walketh upon the wings of the wind." The Hebrew for "chariot" is rekhubh, a sort of inverted kerubh. + 5. In the Vision of Ezekiel:
But the function of the cherubim as bearers and movers of the Divine throne is brought out most clearly in the vision of Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1, with which compare Ezekiel 10). In chapter 1 the prophet designates them as "living creatures" (chayyoth); but upon hearing God's words addressed to the "man clothed in linen" (Ezekiel 10:2) he perceives that the living creatures which he saw in the first vision were cherubim (Ezekiel 10:20); hence, in Ezekiel 9:3 the chariot or throne, from which the glory of God went up, is spoken of as a cherub. The following is a description in detail of the cherubim as seen by Ezekiel. They are represented as four living creatures, each with four faces, man, lion, ox (replaced in the parallel chapter by cherub), and eagle (Ezekiel 1:10; 10:14), having the figure and hands of men (Ezekiel 1:5,8), and the feet of calves (Ezekiel 1:7). Each has four wings, two of which are stretched upward (Ezekiel 1:11), meeting above and sustaining the "firmament," that is, the bottom of the Divine throne (Ezekiel 1:22; 10:1), while two are stretched downward, conformable the one to the other, so as to cover their bodies (Ezekiel 1:11,23). In appearance, the living creatures resemble coals of fire (compare Ezekiel 10:2,6, where the "man clothed in linen" is bidden fill both his hands with coals of fire from between the cherubim), burning like torches, the fire flashing up and down among the creatures, a bright fire out of which lightning goes forth (Ezekiel 1:13). Thus the creatures run and vanish as the appearance of a flash of lightning (Ezekiel 1:14). The cherubim do not turn as they change direction, but always go straight forward (Ezekiel 1:9,17; 10:11), as do the wheels of the cherubic chariot with rings full of eyes round about (Ezekiel 1:18; 10:12). The cherubim represent the spirit, or will, in the wheels: at the direction of the spirit, the wheels are lifted up from the bottom and the chariot moves upward (Ezekiel 1:19; 10:16). The cherubim are thus the moving force of the vehicle.
I had no recollection of reading this portion of scripture before. It was as if I read it for the first time and it so precise to what I had noticed in my painting. This was a crystal clear confirmation from God’s Word. ‘Now what do I do?’, I asked God. I placed it as my cover picture on Facebook for starters. I knew I had to share this but honestly didn’t know where to start. Todate, I have shared this experience with a handful of friends and family. I do know however, that God is speaking to each and everyone who reads this testimony.
“JESUS IS COMING BACK VERY SOON.” http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/revelation/revelation-1/revelation-1-1.html
More is being revealed as I type this...will share again soon!
So blessed I can't contain it, so much I've got to give it away...
Loved to Love > Blessed to Bless!!!