Helga Sierra
Helga Sierra

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Washed Clean: a painting.

A couple of weeks ago I was able to serve at my church by blessing others through art.  I got to be a part of a special Baptism Service for people who were publicly declaring their love for Jesus in front of family and friends.  I had the opportunity to paint standing next to the worship team and another artist who was also painting and drawing.   (WATCH THIS VIDEO ABOUT A PREVIOUS BAPTISM SERVICE!!- while it is not the one I was at, it is really close to what I experienced...I'll update the video when the new one becomes available). 

It had been a while (3 years) since I had done something like that but I was excited to use that talent again.  All I was waiting for was the call, so when a church staff member approached me about it I knew it was time.  

I don't understand what people experience when they see me painting as usually I am busy worshipping and painting, but I know something special happens.  I know that the talents we are given we can use for worship, not just through music, but whatever we have.  Some people can bake cakes and other are happy giving gifts to people.  Some people are awesome at inviting other into their homes and making them feel at home.  Some people work behind the scenes and make sure things are working properly.  We all have gifts and talents and they are given to us with a purpose in mind.  If we don't use them, we lose them (Read this, if you don't believe me). 


Washed Clean. Acrylic on canvas 24" x 36". 


So what does the painting mean? I saw roots of a tree and darkness underwater, even a skull sitting at the bottom of an ocean, symbolizing death of a sinful human (to die to our sins). At the same time half of the tree was not in the water and as the trunk went up there was life.  It was a simple picture.  At first I was doubtful if this is what I should paint.  As we worshipped during the first song, I just keeping hearing the words, "Just trust me."  So I started painting. Then as people were being baptized it was obvious the tree symbolized the people there.  As I painted I felt like it was relevant to paint the red on the trunk symbolizing the blood of Jesus.  The drop marks by the water are just a representation of what I saw when people came out of the water.  

I'm happy I was able to paint again and worship in that way.  It wasn't easy at first, I felt rusty and was having doubts right before the service, mostly doubts about myself, if I was going to be able to get a picture that I should paint.  The reality was, it was never in my hands but God had everything in control.  Once the pressure was removed from my heart and I had peace, I was able to just be free and trust that the Lord was going to do something amazing.

It's exciting to think of the things the Lord has in store for those who were baptized, there will be much depth and growth and their lives will definitely be used to continue growing his kingdom.   That night was definitely a celebration of life, I'm glad I was a part of it.