By Sarah Fujimoto and Lee Melton
Your meandering your way through a cold, could hear a pin drop on the floor art museum when something catches your eye. Left to ponder, stare, and wonder at the piece in front of you, some questions arise.
I wonder, why did they draw that line? I wonder, what was their inspiration?
This is your art gallery. Except you don’t have to smile, make small talk, have your hair done, or walk quietly. Sit back, relax, grab a cup of tea, play some loud music, and take it in. Inspiration and perspective included.
And welcome with me: Lee Melton.
“After the Rain”
The “Big Fish” pic is perhaps one of my favorites, even if it is just a computer doodle. Awhile back, the Lord gave me a word out of scripture over the part where Jesus is being bothered to pay the temple tax. He asks Peter, “Who do the sons of the King pay tax to?”
The answer, of course, was no one; the sons of the King are free not to pay tax. But in order for Peter to feel better and be in compliance with the law, Jesus sends Peter down to the river to catch a fish. He tells him that whatever fish he catches he is to cut it open and pay the tax with what he finds.
Of course, Peter obeys and finds exactly what is owed. One fish out of the river – the first one that bit. Now that is God’s provision and timing!
Fish have always been a source of miraculous blessing when Jesus is around, from a great haul and catch, to a simple meal shared after the resurrection with grieving friends, it is always a fish.
We are God’s great catch, He has set it up for us to become a miraculous provision to this embattled world. And inside of each of us, like the fish in the picture, is the miraculous that comes through us after being birthed through Jesus and filled with the Holy Spirit of God.
Lee currently lives in Brunswick, Georgia where she manages a housing program for formerly homeless individuals who receive mental health services. She recommends this site, and this one for the arts. You can also find her here.