"Dear friends, don't be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad - because these trials will make you partners with Christ in his suffering, and afterward you will have the wonderful joy of sharing his glory when it is displayed to all the world."
1 Peter 4: 12-13
Original: 16x20 Conte on Paper
Giclee: 16x20; 8x10
When life throws everything it has at you, what is there to hold on to?
Lee hated church. He grew up going every Sunday to a place where he only saw the people around him failing to abide by their own rules. Hypocrites.
He wasn’t happy. He spiraled further and further into depression until one day he put his grandfather’s rifle to his head. He pulled the trigger twice. The gun misfired twice. Grandpa never had bullets misfire in his gun, ever. Lee, broken, recognized his life as grace from God, and gave his life to Him from that day on.
That’s not to say that Lee was perfect ever since. It’s easy in this life to put your hope in other things: people, education, money, medicine…
Three years after laying his grandfather’s gun down, Lee found a spot on his arm. Cancer. It was surgically removed, and then a year later: Cancer.
The next year, Cancer again, this time on his spine. He just couldn’t shake it. He required chemo and he was told he would never be guaranteed to be cancer-free in his life. Again he survived, but through the battle he was reminded that God is his only solid ground, and again, his life was given to him by grace.
Lee admits he’s pretty stubborn, and when God needs him to do something, He will really have to fight, and push him hard.