Monday, July 16, 2007




By Ramone - July 15, 2007

"If the Son sets you free,
you will be free indeed."

- John 8:36

This is a picture I saw probably six years ago or more when I was at a prayer meeting at my friend Hazel's house in California. We were praying for my inner healing, some soul-healing prayer. I can't remember the specifics, but at one point as I released something in forgiveness or chose to see my own unhappiness, at the Spirit's prompting I was asked to picture Jesus with me. This is the picture that first came, Him and me rolling down a grassy hill.

However, it didn't greatly impact me (it did impact Hazel, though, and she mentioned it later). The reason it didn't impact me was because it seemed too good to be true... it felt like it was too much me, what I desired, what I longed for, what I wished to see. So I quickly wrote it off.

But the other day God brought the picture back to me. Where could such a desire come from? It was from God! Wasn't I disbelieving it simply because it seemed like it was too much my desire? Wasn't it also His desire? And was my desire wrong? No! It was not merely my wish, but rather it was my wish that He gave me! It seemed too free, too joyful, too full & overflowing of a restoration of my lost childhood-like joy in being free in Him.

This is who He is. This is what He does. He brought me out of my depression, sadness, rejection and captivity. He restored the years the enemy had taken away. He restored me to health, giving me joy and laughter in Him, with Him.
Psalm 126
A song of ascents.

When the Lord brought back the captives to Zion,
we were like men who dreamed or men restored to health.
Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
"The Lord has done great things for them."

The Lord has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy.

Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
like streams in the Negev.
Those who sow in tears
will reap with songs of joy.
He who goes out weeping,
carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with him.
P.S. A day after I first sketched it, I inked this picture while watching my son sleep. I can't explain why, but that is also precious to me!


See also: Free Indeed! (at Heart For Adventists)

I like this one. yay! ramone, I dun't have a clue how to post pictures on my blogger. help?
Hey, Ramone, I'm going through your Art Prints that the Lord has done so awesomely through you and am being sooooooooooo blessed! Didn't see this one before...somehow I missed it. I would like to use it (among others) to illiustrate what God is saying in the text of my book. It's like a close-up of the children falling off the top of the mountain into the sea...(cover for my book)

Let's see if i can pyblish this correctly now... Please let me know if I do.

Resting in His joy,

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