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{{Today is Friday!!!  It is the day I link with Lisa Jo Baker for Five Minute Friday. Here is how it works…. One word prompt. Five minutes. No editing. Lots of women. We all write on the same word.}}

Today the word is … paint.

I sat and stared at the word a few minutes, truly thinking I would not be able to write a single thing. And then the words began going through my mind …

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me.” (Isaiah 61:1, NIV)

Drawing a total blank as to what this verse would have to do with the word “paint”, I did the only thing I could – I flipped to the Old Testament Lexical Aids in the back of my Bible. Here is what I discovered …

The word “anoint” is masah, in the Hebrew. It means “to rub with oil, smear. It signifies a very important part in Jewish ceremony. The action signified that the anointed individual was separated for God’s service and chosen by Him. It was a very serious responsibility and God was the authorizing agent. The Spirit of God was the empowerment”.

What does this have to do with paint, you ask? I am so glad you asked because I was blown away as I continued to read, “Other usages of the term included the painting of a house.”

We as believers house the Holy Spirit within our very being, providing residency for Him. And we have been anointed, painted as a house if you will, to serve our God. He has painted our lives in such a way that we:

  • preach good news to the poor
  • bind up the brokenhearted
  • proclaim freedom to the captives
  • release prisoners from darkness
  • comfort all who mourn

I started with thinking I had nothing to say about “paint” only to discover that our God has plenty to say about it. He has been painting on the canvas of lives from the beginning of time.

And He is painting on each of ours.

ID-10010495(photo courtesy of Howden)

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