Last October, my husband and I drove up to Kerrville, Texas to visit The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden. This holy ground is where donor artists provided fourteen massive, bronze sculptures to encourage us to pray for healing, deliverance, signs, and wonders.
When we parked, our eyes gazed upon the thousand-pound, life-sized Lion of Judah overlooking the Texas Hill Country. As we entered the strategically unique 24.5-acre garden, we were welcomed with a sculpture of Jesus holding out a casting net, inviting us to be the Fisher of Men. Immediately my eyes darted to a man with a crown, riding a beautiful white horse, and I caught a glimpse of The Coming King.
Continuing to walk to each of the four corners of the cross, my legs became heavy, and I began to ease into worship. By the time I came upon The Divine Servant at the top of the hill, eye level with the horizon, tears began to fall down my face. This ultimate representation of humility depicted Jesus washing Simon Peter’s feet the night before His crucifixion.
There was something sacredly intimate about worshiping and interceding in between the sculptures. Somewhere between the seventy-seven Scripture tiles and God’s Rock Garden, I found myself weeping toward The Empty Cross, the seventy-ton reminder that I was bought with a significant price.
As the steel cross towered over me, all doubt was obliterated and I found myself gazing from the bottom of the cross up to the heavens and remembered the verse Luke 2:8:14, “Glory to God in the Highest…” Never has this seemed more true.
A friend reminded me of something significant. Sometimes it is easier to believe the verse “Glory to God in the highest” yet He is also there in the lowest.
Similar to the rolling hills in the Texas Hill Country, let us rejoice when we are on the top of the mountain and let us also be joyful while at the bottom of the valley.
As we prepare for the anticipated season of the coming King, whether it brings heartache, grief, or anxiety, be reminded peace and goodwill comes to those who are favored.
Scripture Reference: Luke 2:8-14 (NIV)
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Peace and grace,