Family Matters: When God speaks louder than words

The most beautiful thing that can happen to a family is when it finds ultimate pleasure in knowing that God is the center of their relationship. Yet there are certain situations when listening to God’s will is like a remote possibility. However, when God speaks to anyone who seeks Him, He will surely hit the mark and within His time frame, He will see to it that in the end, His name is glorified.

About around 35 years ago, my husband, who was single then and at the peak of seeking God on what He wants him to do, was a little bit perplexed. He just graduated Fine Arts in Advertising at the University of Sto Tomas. In his solo exhibit, “My Journey to the Light” on April 2018 at the Marco Polo Hotel Davao, he said: “In college, I was introduced to the Light. He was the One I thought I knew as a religion but later surprised and touched me as personal and life changing. His Name is Jesus. Slowly, I learned to trust Him in bite sizes through small experiences, yet meaningful and personal, the thing I understood as faith. That was the beginning of my journey.

The title of the exhibit also depicts a time in my life when I was losing my eyesight due to an auto-immune disease. I was ready to whatever my condition would turn out. Instead of griping and questioning my circumstances, I knew that “nothing comes by accident to anyone who trusts Him”. I still prayed for a miracle, yet I said, “even then, Lord, Your plan is the best.” To prepare ahead, I started gathering resources for the blind, like Braille reading system for the blind and Bible recorded in tape.

Fortunately, there was a laser treatment that became available then at the Eye Center in Manila.

The damage was arrested, although not fully restored. It has been 35 years since it happened. Without the treatment at that time and of course, without God’s intervention, I could have been totally blind today.

The 25 paintings for my first solo art exhibit are painted on linen material in the impasto technique.

Chiaroscuro (light-dark) is an Italian word meaning, the treatment of light and shade in painting developed during the Renaissance period. Twenty-three pieces are done in oil and three pieces are done in acrylic. I hope that my version of the Bible stories or verses will give honor to the Word of God and to the true Master. It is my desire that the paintings will point the viewer to who He is and reflect about their personal lives through the eyes of God. As your co-struggler in this beautiful world yet surrounded by uncertainties, we will always find hope in Him alone.

I am forever grateful of His kindness and with great gratitude, I share the Light of Jesus through visuals based on His Word so more people will be brought from darkness to light.

God bless you in your journey. May you see the beauty of His mercy, the wonder of His grace and the depth and width of His enduring love, filling your being with His Light.”

This painter’s story and perspective brings me closer to a certain avenue of seeing God work not on our own understanding. After all, He said,

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts
neither are your ways my ways,
declares the Lord.
As the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are my ways higher than your ways
And my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)

When I say, my new perspective of God’s work, I account it to the way He sometimes works in ironic ways. Daryl worked hard to be a good artist in college. Knowing that he is ready to apply God’s gift, suddenly, his eyesight was endangered. What is a painter without an eyesight? I liken this too in the life of father Abraham. God promised him a generation as numerous as the sand in the seashores. Then from a twist of an event, one day, God called Abraham to get up and bring his son Isaac, his only son to Mt. Moriah. There, He instructed the poor father to sacrifice his son. It is short of saying, ‘ I will multiply you through your son. Then God instructs him to kill the young boy!’

We have discussed this together as a couple and realized that Daryl’s eyesight disability until today is His way of saying that there is really nothing to be proud of and to be puffed up with. The glory belongs to Him.

These and more are God’s ways to speak to us in His amazing ways. Sometimes, He speaks through the roaring waves, the clap of a thunder or the quietness of a soft breeze after the storm. But He wants to be assured that what He wants, in whatever manner He tries to speak to us must be caught first by the heart.

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