It is every artist’s dream to be able to do something meaningful with their art, and I am no different.
In the last year, my art has become a form of worship for me as I seek God in my creating. It has become the desire of my heart that other people will be able to connect with my art and see the heart of God. God has given me this desire of my heart.
I had been asked to design and paint a mural for the oncology unit of the hospital. The only requirement was that the painting inspire hope.
I started painting last week.
The opportunity is amazing! Many people come by daily to see the progress, and I’ve heard all kinds of positive comments! My best experience painting at the hospital happened yesterday when I could hear an old man grumbling about how much farther he had to walk to get to his room. The nurse and therapist were trying to get him up to get some exercise. I heard the therapist say ” your room is just up here. You can do it. You’re doing a great job.” Then the little group came around the corner and this patient saw the mural I was working. Suddenly, he was bright & witty with comments. For the moment while he paused to chat with me, he was no longer in a hurry to return to his bed feeling tired and achy.
The director wants to create a gallery of murals that will encourage patients to get out and walk around the halls to see them. I don’t know how many murals that will be in the end, but so far the response has been amazing.
Just a month ago, I was praying that God would use my hands as his own to create art that penetrates peoples hearts. Now here I am painting God inspired murals to encourage cancer patients. I feel blessed, and incredibly honored to have this opportunity!