“Charles William Sinagra: "Before I formed you in your mother’s womb, I knew you”
“Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets” Amos 3:7
Do you believe in prophecy? Do you believe in the supernatural? I have painted many portraits over the years that have been used as divine agents of healing and miracles so I know firsthand the power of inspiration through the arts. Our creator God has made us in His image so creativity is our birthright. We are the creative instruments of His divine secrets!
What if I told you the first portrait I painted of my grandson was painted ten years before he was born? Painting a portrait of a child ten years earlier might seem like a strange coincidence but under the circumstances it was painted, faith tells me otherwise. This portrait was truly a prophetic message of the power of prayer and miracles. With God, nothing is impossible especially concerning our creative nature and power.
Recently, my daughter Brittany discovered something truly amazing in one of my paintings "Emmanuel: God with Us." The portrait was about the baby Jesus in the manger. Unknowingly at the time, it also prophesied the birth of another child many years later. A child set apart for the glory of God!
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." Jeremiah 1:5
Now the rest of this amazing story! In 1999 my daughter Brittany was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer. She survived her diagnosis but several years later her doctor told her that she would most likely never have children of her own because of the effects of the chemotherapy. That was the same year I was inspired to paint this portrait of Emmanuel.
I painted this portrait of the birth of Christ "Emmanuel: God with Us”, in that same year, 2005. In this portrait, my baby Jesus had light blue eyes, a little round nose, a pouty little mouth and a slightly dimpled chin. Like most of my Jesus’ portraits, there was nothing very Jewish looking about him:-)
"Emmanuel: God with Us."
Fittingly, Brittany was the first to notice the baby in my painting bore a remarkable resemblance to her son and my grandson Charles who was born many years after I painted this portrait! Chas’ blue eyes, his nose, slightly dimpled chin, round shape of the face and his pouty little mouth. All these same features found in the prophetic, miracle message of this beautiful portrait of God's own Son.
This is just another small but very significant part of Brittany’s healing journey. Doctors, disease or circumstance never have the last word when miracles are Gods business.
James Robert Kessler c2015