When I was asked to paint a gift to celebrate Lynda Talylors retirement as Assistant Minister for Cambourne Church I was given the verse from Psalm 26.3: ‘I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance of your faithfulness.’
Thinking of her deep spirituality and discipline in prayer the painting started as petitioning hands, bathed in light. They reached out of the darkness in expectancy, as if waiting for a gift. But then I started to paint a small amount of water, a gentle pool within the cup of the hands.
As I painted I felt very much led to paint lots of water, some pouring in but most pouring out over the serene outstretched hands. The amount overflowing out became disproportionate to that which was pouring in.
Soon the hands were covered and the tranquil scene became messy with lots of movement.
After copious amounts of painting water, layer over layer over the hands I felt that the gift of being mindful of God’s unfailing love and living in reliance of His faithfulness was a gift of faith that Lynda possesed. I started to ponder the gift of believing in Jesus and what happens when we believe in him.
This promise came to mind:
They who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, from their innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water. (John 7.38, Amplified version.)