I got the first verse to this song when I first moved to China 14 years ago, and the rest just came to me 3 years ago. My favorite slide to draw was the woman flushing some pills down the toilet. The story I first imagined for her is that she was delivered from her addiction to prescription medicines. You can see her little boy in the tub clapping his hands as if he knew that the pills were no good for her. Or maybe her story is that she was taking medicine for a disease that she’s been healed of and she doesn’t need it any more.
The most difficult slide to draw was the boy in the bamboo cage. The boy is supposed to be somewhere in Southeast Asia – maybe Myanmar. I got the idea for a bamboo cage from an episode of Magnum PI that I saw as a kid. I drew each panel of the cage in layers so I could draw the boy inside, but I went a little overboard with the bamboo because you can hardly see his face! I’m telling myself that one day I’ll draw it with fewer bamboo stalks, but it’ll do for now.
You can download a higher quality mp4 video, power point slides, and the chords on the resource page. Enjoy!
I drew this giraffe to celebrate my failure of the following Facebook riddle that is being passed around:
“Try the great giraffe challenge! The deal is I give you a riddle. You get it right you get to keep your profile pic. You get it wrong and you change your profile pic to a Giraffe for the next 3 days. Message me only so you don’t give out the answer.
Here is the riddle: 3:00 am, the doorbell rings and you wake up. Unexpected visitors, It’s your parents and they are there for breakfast. You have strawberry jam, honey, wine, bread and cheese. What is the first thing you open? Remember… message me only. If you get it right I’ll post your name here. If you get it wrong change your profile pic.”
Feel free to use this little guy as your own giraffe riddle avatar, unless of course you are one of those geniuses who comes up with the correct answer!
When I was on the field I wrote or received 100+ songs. This one expresses the heart of God concerning our dreams. I’m going to make it into a cartoon song, but it will take some time since I am drawing a different slide for almost every time I say “Dream in your heart”, which is often! Anyway, please listen – I think you’ll find it encouraging and relevant to your own life.
In 2006 I wrote The Daddy Song while living in Argentina. The next year when I was in China I illustrated the slides for it. I added a really rough recording and posted the video on YouTube and GodTube where I was surprised by how many hits it got. (Yes, I realize people were probably looking for Dennis Jernigan’s song :) )
I don’t have a new video of The Daddy Song yet, but I am ready and raring to do it live. I have power point slides and a guitar, and I’m looking for kids and grownups that want to worship with me using this media. Recently I’ve been updating the slides, trying out new colors. So The Daddy Song is getting a makeover.
If you’re interested in seeing the original check it out here.
Cartoons in worship?!?! Is it necessary? Absolutely not! But our God is worthy of extravagant worship. In the summer of 1996, when I was a rising senior at the University of North Carolina I was seeking the Lord for direction about my future, and He used my curiosity to draw me into a more intimate relationship with Him. I was hungry for His presence and very interested in the Toronto Blessing, but that summer a church in upstate New York that been touched by that movement was as close as I was going to get. I attended a weekend worship conference there, and at one evening meeting the presence of God was so strong that we couldn’t stand. The chairs were moved to the side and everyone laid down on the carpet as the prayer team ministered to us all. The worship team played Holy Love, and before the prayer team had even reached me I saw a vision in my mind’s eye of a cartoon dove flying to the music around cartoon cliffs and swooping in and out of a cartoon ocean in a way that reminded me a little of Jonathan Livingston Seagull. I felt like the Holy Spirit was inviting me to create something similar to what I was seeing.
Although I have enjoyed doodling since I was a little girl, at the time I was majoring in English and not drawing at all. I wasn’t doing much with music either. Since then I haven’t really had any formal training, but this dream has compelled me to develop these skills as best as I know how. I have gotten discouraged with both art and music, laid them on the altar, and given them up, but this dream is an Isaac that God has resurrected again and again. So here I am, trying to answer Chris Rice’s question with my art. What if cartoons got saved? At the end of his song, he concludes “there’s a lot of praising to do, but cartoons weren’t made for that.” Well, I beg to differ, Mr. Rice. It is our job, but I am convinced that cartoons can really help!