Let Down Your Nets by Gretchen Smith April 2008

Gretchen Smith

Joined January 2008

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In the end of April 2008 I had the priviledge of painting live with a 200 person choir from Crossroads Christian Church and Nazarene Baptist Church from Evansville Indianna. We performed live on the riverfront stage in Paducah Kentucky during the annual quilt show which attracts 30,000 visitor annually. On Sunday we performed live at Four Rivers Church at the Executive Inn which is Quilt Central.

The theme for the performances was “Still Amazed”. I was reading the following story from scripture and realized that sometimes we have given up on the task God has given us too soon and we simply need to “let down our nets” one more time. This scripture spoke strongly to me during a time when I was ready to put my nets in storage indefinitely. God’s timing is perfect and amazing. Here is the story from Luke 5:

“One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,[a]with the people crowding around him and listening to the word of God, 2he saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
4When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down[b] the nets for a catch.”

5Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

6When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

8When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.” 11So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him."

The original paintings is 5 feet by 5 feet created live in approximately one hour. Shown here is a small section of the painting. The original has a stone archway around it.

Sincerely,
Gretchen M. Smith
www.tallartist.com

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