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Balm of Gods Love

The Beautiful Deep


The balm of Gods love - What Inspired This Painting

When I painted this picture, my heart was feeling completely amazed and overwhelmed by the compassionate heart of Jesus Christ.

This story came to my mind…of a country where tigers are hunted to near extinction, where no safe place to go.

I imagined one tiger in particular, escaping the pursuit of its hunters and swimming through the sea to a safe ground.  A man was there as the tiger drags himself onto land, weak, starving and near death.

The man pulls the tiger up onto the dry land, holding a light to warm it in the night, and looking out with watchful eyes against its pursuers. 

This is how I imagine Jesus Christ.  As a man He was never afraid to cross over the boundaries of normality to accomplish the mercy in the balm of Gods love.

The Beautiful Deep

Balm of Gods Love - in our Weakest of Places

In our weakest of places, in our broken states…exhausted and spiritually dry, it’s the Lord Jesus who comes and pulls us from the raging sea.  He sings over us in the night, and keeps a guard over us against the evil that pursues us. 

The beautiful deep of Jesus heart is unfathomable…it is the balm of God's love for us.

No matter whom you are, where you are, what you’ve done…if you call His name He will come.

You may have killed, you may have broken many hearts, you may have lived a life of cruelty against your fellow man…the whole world may hate you…but the Lord Jesus loves you and accepts you if you come to Him.

The man on the shore of my painting was a poacher.  And in my story, it was this night that his heart broke for the very being he would slay.

The Lord can change our hearts from cold and selfish to warm and giving.

After all…He brings life not death…poured fourth limitless from the beautiful deep of His heart…for you in the balm of Gods love. 

A Gorgeous Quote by Bob Marley Sums this up:

“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around.

You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful.

There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all.

A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon.

You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.” 
 Bob Marley

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