Bonnie Ramsbottom was a vice president in a software firm for seventeen years when she made the decision to leave her lucrative position to pursue art. Bonnie enrolled at the Wesleyan College in Macon Georgia but she longed to create art instead of studying art. Bonnie changed her focus to master advanced drawing and design techniques. Bonnie went through a creative awakening as she flourished in this atmosphere.
But in 1992 Bonnie received devastating news. She was diagnosed with a meningioma tumor in the left hemisphere of her brain and the prognosis was death. Bonnie was devastated. She left art school and with her husband sought a specialist that could change her life.
The day before her first operation, she would eventually have five surgeries, Bonnie says, “I decided that things were no longer in my hands. I surrendered myself to God and He freed me from fear. Suddenly everything became clear and I was filled with a sense of calm.”
After the surgeries were over Bonnie says that this experience opened a new door to art for her. Bonnie began painting on her own. Teaching herself how to paint. She says, “Learning the basics was essentials, but as I began to paint I reliazed that an artist invariably designs his or her own style, which simply can not be taught.” (www.artistdaily.com-bonnieramsbottom; June 13, 2007)
There are many artist like Bonnie who have discovered the healing abilities that flow from their art. Even the scriptures give us such an example. In Numbers 21, 8-9, “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it shall live.”
The serpent on the pole was an artistic design that healed the people when they looked at it. When you create art you are creating a thing that will heal. God is not limited in what He chooses to bring healing in any persons life. You are an avenue of healing, your art has creative power to bring a soul out of depression and a body out of diseases.
Please leave your testimony on how your art has brought healing; spiritual, physical, emotional to a person or how your art has personally healed you. Shalom.