“I would go on to say that if you are a Christian in communication with the living God, and you find you communicate better in drawing than in writing or speaking (and some people are like that), then sketching can have a place in your communication with God. If you think in pictures, and express yourself in drawing, it would be quite natural to take some of the promises of God and sketch them while you pray.” – Edith Schaeffer
I don’t know if you have ever read Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back, but it is about a boy who had an operation and during that time finds himself before Jesus, meeting his sister (who was actually a miscarriage baby that his parents never mentioned), and a lot of other things.
I have some friends who are scared to read this book, like I was for years, but I finally just bit the bullet and read the book. (I had friends and family growing up who believed in people going to “heaven” but it sounded nothing like the Bible. So I was ready for whatever wacky thing it was going to say. )
What amazed me was how biblically sound it was. I didn’t think it would be, but there was so much scripture and support in it that I was truly amazed.
In that book they talked of another child who also saw Jesus and when the boy saw her painting of Jesus, he said that was the closest thing he ever saw. She did not come from a Christian background but through her experiences, her parents began to believe in Jesus. She drew at a very young age and she painted a number of pictures, and she painted one with bears showing the different ways people receive God, or not receive God. The quote above made me remember her.
There have been times in my life I have drawn instead of written things in my journal because I just could not express my thoughts in words. Some of my drawings may have been stick figures but others were just hearts with weeds, or a light shining out of one, or a number of other things.
So I challenge you, if you believe in Christ and love to draw, start expressing things in picture! Prayer time with God is not a cookie cutter type of event. You aren’t just suppose to repeat a prayer someone else said. They are guidelines. Prayer is your heart talking to God’s heart and him talking right back. You don’t have to do what everyone else does. You can go and talk to God in your own unique way (as long as you’re humble). He knows your heart and He created you and knows how you best communicate.
“If you are the sort of person who expresses himself in drawing with greater vividness, this can make prayer more vivid, and your communication with God more alive and real. It can have the affect of lifting it out of a stereotyped area of phrases.”-Edith Schaeffer
Be inspired today!
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