The Prophetic Painting

"God didn't show me the whole picture. He just showed me the next step, and as I was done with that part; the next." 

Esther Anastasia Franchuk was one of the students in this years MOTA DTS, she tells us the story about one tuesday during art time when they had an assignment to make prophetic art. 

"We needed to paint a prophetic picture for the country we were going to on outreach. So I painted this picture for Nepal. I asked God to show me something prophetic for the country, and the first thing I saw were these prayer flags. I already knew that there were a lot of them in Nepal, and they're actually something buddhist. I didn't know anything more, but I started drawing the strings with the prayer flags on them, and then all of them together transformed into this big flag with the colours that represent the Nepali flag.

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After that I wanted to paint something about how the prayer flags broke down. I started seeing that they ripped, so I drew the tears in them. I also saw light, a lot of light, and the Lord told me that there would be a lot of light in this place, that's why the whole painting is covered in small lights. 

So, there's also a leopard on the painting. None of us really knew what it meant by the time I was making the painting, but now when we're back from outreach my friend Clara was reminded of a sentence in a worship song: 

Lord, now indeed I find
Thy power, and Thine alone,
Can change the leopard’s spots
And melt the heart of stone.

God is the one who can change the spots of the leopard, melt the heart of stone. This part means he is changing the skin of the earth, the face of the land, and there's more light coming.

There's also a lot of hands all over the painting, and I thought 'okay, I'm drawing a lot of hands, but what does it mean? Then during the outreach we saw A LOT of healings, so the hands represent that ministry, when you lay hands and pray and the person actually gets healed. In the center of the composition there's also two hands, and a dove coming over them, which is the power of the holy spirit. Also in the middle there's a girl who opens a door or window or something, and it represents the missionary who opens the door to more freedom. Because in the background there's a silhouette of a nepali woman, so it's like opening the door to more freedom through the hands of the ministry, through the holy spirit.

It's crazy, because as I started, I had no idea how the whole picture would turn out. I only knew what the next step was, the one right in front of me. And as I drew it, I understood some things, but there were also things that we looked at as a team without having a clue what they meant, until suddenly, on outreach, or when we looked at the painting again as we returned, we could see the whole picture as well."