When God Doesn’t Answer Prayer | Painting with Faber Castell Watercolor Pencils | Daniel 3 Study

Hi. Welcome to my channel. Ginger here. I was going through some old paintings and
found a watercolor piece I made two decades ago. This video is about transforming this old
painting from this … to this. And I’ll make the change using Faber Castell’s
Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils. Someone told me I shouldn’t touch my old
paintings because they give people a reference point that helps them to see how I developed
as an artist through the years. In a way, that’s true. But when I look at my old paintings, sometimes
I cringe at how ugly they look. It makes me wonder what I was thinking when
I was painting them. However, when I analyze again these old paintings,
I realize how my techniques have evolved. But then again, this watercolor painting I’m
restoring right now, this just needs to be reworked. To be honest, I can’t stand the neon pink everywhere. Like, what? This glaring pink here, feels like it’s
glowing in the dark. I can’t stand it! That has to go. So it might have been the fad in the 90s, who knows? But it doesn’t look cool right now. This watercolor cityscape, it was from my 1998 collection. As far as I can remember, I only used a cheap,
student-grade watercolor pan set. And there was nothing special with my materials. Even the watercolor paper was not the best. You might be wondering. What’s my point in doing this? What’s my point in making a video about
a painting makeover? Of course, it’s cool to see the before and
after pictures, which I’ll show you later on. But more than that, what I really want to
talk about is the kind of transformation that happens when we live through hard times in our lives. I want to share with you, in a kind of graphic
way, how God also restores us through our brokenness. Let’s admit it. We are ugly too. Just like my old painting here, there’s
ugliness in us too. There’s something inside of us that also
needs a fresh scrubbing of color. So friends, while you’re watching my hands
work through this urban scene, please stay with me and listen to my story. It’s a true story of a very brave woman I know. I want her to stay anonymous so for the sake
of my story, let’s just call her Ela. Now, Ela got married late in life to a handsome man. He’s a God-fearing man. Their marriage was a match made in heaven. Both of them had strong faith even when they
had to go through a lot of difficulties in life. You see, Ela conceived a beautiful girl. And being a doctor, my friend knew how to
mind her health more than any average person. She and her husband did everything medically
possible to provide the best care for the baby. But shortly after the baby was born, things
just went downhill. Doctors couldn’t figure out what was going
on, but despite the many interventions, the baby’s health just started to fail. Family and friends continued to pray. And because of the struggle, more people joined
in the prayers. Before we knew it, the couple’s first child
became everybody’s sweetheart. So it came as devastating news to everyone
that the baby died, a few days after birth. She was the first child and the last child
of this beautiful couple. So you can just imagine how painful it was
that God took the baby away. No one could blame them if they decided to
turn their hearts against God, right? But the most amazing thing is, this couple
became even more devoted to the Lord, even through their grief. This experience brings to mind one of the
famous stories in the Bible, in the book of Daniel, when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
refused to bow to the golden image which the king ordered everyone to worship. This was King Nebuchadnezzar we’re talking
about, the king of Babylon. He was the one who gave the order for Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abednego to be dumped inside a fiery furnace. Now, can you imagine getting cremated alive? It was no joke. It was a scary threat. Anyone would give in without a second thought. But these three men, they didn’t budge. In the book of Daniel, you can read what they said. They said, “If you throw us into the blazing
furnace, then the God we serve is able to rescue us from a furnace of blazing fire and
release us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if He does not, O king, you can be
sure that we still will not serve your gods.” See how fearless they were? These three men sort or made bold claims here. They were kind of reckless by saying something
like – “Hey, king, you can burn us in the fire however way you want to, or however
long you want to roast us. It’s okay. It doesn’t matter because our God is able
to save us.” That’s what these men were trying to say
which was shocking in itself. But the shock didn’t end there. They went a step further in their faith. They had the boldness to also say, “But
even if God does not save us, we’re okay with it. Even if God doesn’t show up and come through
for us, we’re okay. We will still not bow to your idols. We will still worship the Lord. We won’t take this against Him.” That statement, right there, is one of the
sharpest statements written in the bible. “Even if He does not rescue us, you can
be sure that we will still not serve your gods.” Even if God does not. That, my friend, is a phrase that packs a punch. And you know what? Because of that courage, Nebuchadnezzar got
so mad that he ordered the heat of the furnace to be turned up seven times more. Imagine that! Baking at 200 degrees can already burn your cookies. Imagine cooking at 1400 degrees. I did a bit of research and I found out that
the lit side of a cigarette is about 750 degrees Fahrenheit already. A typical flame is about 1,100 degrees. Can you picture what it was like for Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abednego? Anyone in their situation could easily turn
against God and worship the golden idol. Because the furnace was so hot, the soldiers
who brought the men closer to the furnace died right away. It was that hot. You’d get more than just a heatstroke by
standing there. Now why am I sharing this? Friends, let me ask you. When was the last time you got thrown into a furnace? When life has dealt you a hard blow, when
things aren’t going your way, when sickness has crippled you, or maybe you lost a job
or a loved one, when bad things happen to you, can you tell God, with the same boldness
… can you say, “Even if you don’t rescue me, Lord, I will still love you.” Can you say that? Let’s be honest for a second. It’s hard, isn’t it? That small phrase … “Even if you don’t”
… it’s packed with power. That kind of prayer my friend Ela said when
she lost her baby to an unknown disease. That’s what Ela said. And with that fragile daughter on her arms,
her tiny body still warm although she was already dead, my friend was able to
still say, “Lord, even if you took my only child away from me, even if it hurts so bad, I will
still serve you.” And that’s what her life has been ever since. Faithful and strong. Prayerful. Solid in faith. Friends, our lives have a lot of moments like these. Moments when God didn’t pull through even
with our most intense prayers. Moments when He didn’t heal, or He didn’t
give the dream job we wished for, or when He didn’t save the child from the accident
we hoped she’d never encounter. If you ask me why God allowed these things,
I have no answer to you. Our understanding as humans is just so limited. Even the best of us can’t figure the mind of God. But I do know one thing. When God permits pain to penetrate our lives,
He’s painting a better picture. God is painting a better picture each time
we’re broken and thrown into the fire. God is not satisfied with how our current
picture looks like. It’s the same way with my painting here. It’s imperfect and needs further work, our
souls also need work. Our character needs more scrubbing and burnishing
and retouching until the colors pop out. It may be hard for you to believe it, but
we actually become flat, one-dimensional people if life is so happy and easy-going. That will make us boring, spoiled brats. But brokenness, that’s a different story. Suffering is what makes us authentic. It’s the cross that makes us wise and deep. And so God wants to throw us enough times
into the fire, until we too can boldly say, “Even if you don’t, O Lord … I will still.” Friends, thank you for joining me in another
episode of Art That Plays and Prays. This is Ginger, always praying with you. Let’s keep the faith together, until we meet again.

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