I know I’ve posted about this year, but as we move toward the summer, my thoughts turn to one of my favorite things, Creation Fest East. I don’t think I’ll make it this year, but taking a group of kids there was the first thing I ever did in ministry and a lot of wonderful things have happened in my life there. It was the first place I led someone to Christ, it was where I baptized my son and it was where I gained a mighty amount of perspective.
You see there was a time in my life where I was really sold out to becoming a famous artist. I fell into massive idolatry in the pursuit and almost lost everything. It was in laying that down that I got my call to ministry and how I eventually ended up at Creation that first time. As the years passed, the Lord led me to use the gift of art in ministry and one of the first things I did was an unusual mural. You see the one downside at Creation Fest is the toilet facilities, a combination of Porta-potties and outhouses. Well the regular wooden outhouses were showing some wear so the organizers did a contest for artists to paint murals on them. I entered and was selected so out to the outhouse I went. I painted it and had a pretty good time doing it.
Later I was struck by the irony. After all those years of laying my life on the altar of fame, the piece of art I’ve done that’s been seen more than any other is painted on a toilet. God is good and humility is lifesaving.