At a point in my life when I was asking God to resolve some problems, he spoke to me clearly through 1 Timothy 6:17 . “…put [your] hope in God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” I had been working hard to serve the Lord and was taking it all very seriously, but God showed me that he wanted me to be like a little child who simply enjoys everything around.
God made me aware that my painting, which I had always seen as frivolous but rather useless, was part of me enjoying what he had given me. I realised that God doesn’t want us to see him as a taskmaster, but as a loving Father who takes great pleasure when his children enjoy what he has given them. It was a profound lesson. Shortly after God had impressed this on me, I came across a royalty-free photograph of a little girl simply enjoying herself picking daisies, and knew this was exactly the right picture to go with the verse.
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