Jumper Cables

Jumper Cables

24″x36″ acrylic on canvas

Painted during Sunday morning worship service. I started getting this picture the night before, as I felt God was telling me that He wants to re-energize me. It’s the Holy Spirit that fills us with power. At some point during the night, a picture of jumper cables came to my mind. It’s like we are plugging into the source and getting a shock of divine electricity. That morning, the idea for the heart came to my mind, as I realized it may be like he’s shocking our heart back to life, like a Holy Spirit crash cart. It also represents love, as He is infusing His love into our hearts. In the picture the man is raising his hands in worship. As we open our heart to Him, He fills it again. He makes us come alive.

This song also came to mind as I was painting it…

This Is What You Do
By Bethel Music/Matt Stinton

It’s always like springtime with You, making all things new
Your light is breaking through the dark
This love it is sweeter than wine
Bringing joy, bringing life
Your hope is rising like the dawn

This is what You do, this is what You do
You make me come alive, You make me come alive

It’s like I’m living for the first time
Finally living for the first time

Here is an incredible testimony I received about this painting:

“Dear Eric,
I just wanted to tell you the story behind the painting and why it was so powerful to me.

I accepted Christ after a suicide attempt that left me with 85% hearing loss, liver failure, paralysis in my shoulder, and in a coma for 3 months. When I woke I learned that my mom was already dead and buried and I missed the whole thing.

My past was full of trauma, betrayal, heartbreak and pain and yet God has HEALED me and set my feet on solid ground. But one thing that He is in the middle of teaching me is that I don’t really understand love – how could I based on my life experiences?! It grieves me to know that I don’t have a basis of understanding to grasp love on a deeper level.

Last Sunday morning God woke me really early and we were talking about this and I told Him I wanted to grasp His love more, but in an experiential way. He showed me this mental picture of Him taking spark plugs and electrocuting my heart, shocking it with love. I cried and cried.

Then when we were at church I could only see the top part of your painting as people were in my view. When the service was over I looked up and it took my breath away. I just sat there gasping in awe that it was the exact same picture God had given me that morning. I know God painted that picture for ME… because He loves me!”

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