Back in April, approximately 1,000 Savannah College of Art and Design students, alumni and prospective students showed up at Forsyth Park for Sidewalk Arts 2014 to create artistic masterpieces out of nothing but chalk and about two square feet of sidewalk. To say I was impressed with their creations would be an understatement. How a person can transform a piece of concrete into the likes of Rembrandt or Monet is beyond me. You can view the winners and their piéce de réistance here.
Of all these works of art – which you could tell poured right from the very soul of each student – none other stood out so powerfully than that of Elizabeth Kerr’s.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119: 105
Elizabeth’s artwork was the only one that specifically illustrated the Word of God. Moved by the Holy Spirit, the power of Elizabeth’s simple, yet masterfully created and well-placed message was delivered to thousands of Savannah locals on this particular April morning.
Of course, Elizabeth’s message would not have been realized without her God-given talents for all things art, but I thought, especially now as the Christian church is celebrating Pentecost, that I would be remiss if I did not point out that these skills were employed by the Holy Spirit.
The good that each Christian does is due in whole to the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit – which resides in every Christian, usually from the time of our baptism – none of us would be capable of witnessing for Christ, or capable of prayer, or belief in our Lord for that matter.
No one can say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:3
It is during Pentecost that we are most distinctly reminded of the power of the Holy Spirit. After Jesus ascended into Heaven the Holy Spirit empowered Jesus’ disciples – who were all Galileans – to speak to a crowd of people from every nation under heaven, each in their own language. That baffles me. At least one person from every nation on Earth was present that day, and the disciples had no problem speaking the Word of God to each of them in their own language. Whoa.
Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Acts 2:5-11
All too often we forget how important the third member of the Triune God really is. We tend to take Him for granted, not thanking Him in our prayers for dwelling in us, for enabling us to spread God’s Word, for instilling in us a child-like faith and trust in our Father in Heaven.
This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. 1 Corinthians 2:13
The power of the Holy Spirit is working through Elizabeth. She has, in her own way, shared the Word of God with others in a place where no one else dared. It is obvious that she is proud of her faith. She is fearless. On this day, Elizabeth pioneered the precarious religious ground that is a college domain and accomplished what all of her Christian peers fell short of doing themselves. In a time when to stand out from the crowd for your religious values can bring unwanted attention, Elizabeth bravely illustrated her love for Christ, commissioned by the Holy Spirit.
Psalm 119:105 speaks volumes about trust in God’s Word. The Word of God sheds light on the path we walk while here on Earth. When the trail seems dark and stormy, or when it seems unclear which course to take, we can pick up our Bible and find within it words of comfort and clarity.
During the Sidewalk Arts Festival this April, I saw many lovely pieces of art, but none as beautiful as the work of the Holy Spirit through a fellow Christian; a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design. May the Holy Spirit never leave you Elizabeth, for He does great things through the talents God has blessed you with!