Art can be an important expression in a person’s recovery from addiction and homelessness. Recently, one of the women in our recovery program at Shepherd’s Door painted a picture of her broken heart.
She writes about her painting:
HERE I AM
Over the course of my life, I built a wall around my heart that ignored and denied God. Eventually the wall became a towering factory. This factory processed pain. Then boxed it up and shipped it out to others.
The quick fix was always reachable, but only a short while did it last. And the void was still left unfilled.
One day, my heart could take no more–and I chose to come to a place of healing. One by one, the bricks came down–till eventually there was a hole, big enough for Jesus to come through.
The wall fell to ruin and revealed by broken heart to Jesus. And he filled the cracks and crags that I had desperately sought to fill for so long.
I noticed a vine of hope grew along the side of my wall. And then I realized that God was with me all along. Even though I denied Him continually, He had and will always love me.
Then your light shall break forth like the morning,
Your healing shall spring forth speedily,
And your righteousness shall go before you;
The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
You shall cry, and He will say, “Here I am.”