Many times people will ask me how old does one have to be to do prophetic art? My answer is always the same…. “ There is no age limit”
We have toddlers doing prophetic art as well as an eighty year old lady who revels in performing her prophetic art. After Annie ( not her real name) had gone through an introductory class in prophetic art, she told me “I am looking at the whole world with different eyes and I see things in a totally different light. I am paying attention as to the colors, shapes and how things are put together and what the meaning of all of I see and hear is in a much deeper way than before.” Annie went on to take more classes and as of today she is in a class of 5 students were we have prophetic art workshops every 4-5 weeks. The picture below shows her diligence in practicing.
Last year in the fall season the 4 and 5 year old children in our Sunday school class had an introduction to prophetic art and many of the kids drew pictures. The teacher asked one of the little guys what he was drawing and what God was saying through that drawing. His answer was: “ Well, these are dolphins and they are very happy and God wants you to be happy too.” My point in sharing the account of Annie and the four year old with you is that in no way does God want us to hide our abilities, be they ever so small.
We must not keep to ourselves what God means for us to share with others. In the story of the talents in Mathew we read that he gave one person five talents, the next person two talents and the third person just one talent. “To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability.” Matthew 25:15 NIV. You may feel right now that you were only given one or may be even one half talent and you want to just keep it for your self and do nothing with it, but I challenge you to not hoard your talent, but gladly use it and give it away, so He can step in and multiply your abilities way beyond your thinking abilities.
God’s purpose for you is not to keep spiritual blessings for yourself. It has to be given back to Him, for He Himself was the giver of your ability in the first place and when you give it back to Him He will bless others with your talent. So do not pitch your tent for yourself, but open the door of your tent and give away what He gave you in the first place. Thus you give up the right to yourself and you begin to identify yourself with God’s interest in mankind. The wonderful part is that in His graciousness He often multiplies our talents.
We will learn about a truth of what happens to people who do not desire to share their gifting with others. It is an account from the Scriptures about the Jewish people. What happenedd to the Israelites when they kept the man-nah to themselves and hoarded it till the next day while they had received instructions to not keep it over night? The manna spoiled, became rotten and started to smell. Exodus 16:15- 31 “ When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread the LORD has given you to eat. 16 This is what the LORD has commanded: ‘Each one is to gather as much as he needs. Take an omer for each person you have in your tent.’ ” 17 The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. 18 And when they measured it by the om-er, he who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little. Each one gathered as much as he needed. 19 Then Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of it until morning.”
20 However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell. So Moses was angry with them. 21 Each morning everyone gathered as much as he needed, and when the sun grew hot, it melted away. 22 On the sixth day, they gathered twice as much–two om-ers for each person–and the leaders of the community came and reported this to Moses. 23 He said to them, “This is what the LORD commanded: ‘Tomorrow is to be a day of rest, a holy Sabbath to the LORD. So bake what you want to bake and boil what you want to boil. Save whatever is left and keep it until morning.’ ” 24 So they saved it until morning, as Moses commanded, and it did not stink or get maggots in it. 25 “Eat it today,” Moses said, “because today is a Sabbath to the LORD. You will not find any of it on the ground today. 26 Six days you are to gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will not be any.”
27 Nevertheless, some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather it, but they found none. 28 Then the LORD said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my commands and my instructions? 29 Bear in mind that the LORD has given you the Sabbath; that is why on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. Everyone is to stay where he is on the seventh day; no one is to go out.” 30 So the people rested on the seventh day. 31 The people of Israel called the bread manna. It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey”.
I believe this is a sol-um warning for us to not hoard things for ourselves. My encouragement to you is to risk giving what you have, your talents and giftings to others and take God at His Word when He says: ” Give and it shall be given to you.”Luke 6:38 ” ASV. “give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, shall they give into your bosom. For with what measure ye mete it shall be measured to you again”.