I was recently praying over a friend of mine for the areas of his life where things seemed hopeless. While praying, the Lord reminded me of a sight I had just seen the week before while in Texas. My friend Zena and I were walking along a street in Waco when I spotted a perfect flower growing through the cracked cement. It was so unexpected and beautiful. I have actually seen this several times before and it gets me every time as it declares hope to my core. But as I was praying for my friend, the Holy Spirit pointed out how it’s through the broken areas that life was growing through the cement. In that moment I realized that without the broken places of my life, I would miss out on so many of God’s fingerprints.
We have all faced broken circumstances, broken bodies, broken hearts and broken relationships – and sometimes it’s all broken at once. It can be very easy to miss God’s presence when our situation feels incredibly painful, dark and hopeless, but this I’ve learned over and over… God breathes beauty in unlikely places. That beauty exposes His presence, reminding us that He is right there with us in the middle of the “impenetrable cement” and all its broken pieces.
Right after I finished praying, I told my friend that prayer may have just inspired my next painting and blog post. It did. 😉