The Efflorescence Of A Late Bloomer


Budding Expectations

In a classroom full of eager young minds a teacher moves from desk to desk encouraging children to draw their family portrait. The best one little girl can do is to pencil in a few stick figures centered behind a round circle, meant to symbolize her world. "Not good enough" echoes the instructor's voice in the young child's ears. This phrase follows her well into adult life.

In a world where success is based upon early acquisition of knowledge and skills, we often fail to consider some of us may just not be ready to launch our creative talent when expected. How many people failed early in life to prove themselves successful? I raise my hand in answer to the question.

The dictionary defines a "late bloomer" as a flourishing, healthy condition; the time or period of greatest beauty, artistry. And most of this beauty is nurtured through our life journey of ups and downs. This certainly defines my sister, Linda, who is a late blooming artist.

Kindergarten Rosebud

This is a favorite photo of mine as Linda's lively spirit shows through her eyes in the photo.
This is a favorite photo of mine as Linda's lively spirit shows through her eyes in the photo.

Efflorescence of an Artist

Although the garden of life may have been altered by landscapers' intent upon forcing early blooms, the weathering effects forced some individuals to reserve their beauty until later in life. These effects, such as poor instruction, paved the way to success for those who were strengthened through the process.

Such is the case for artist, Linda Wages. Beginning in kindergarten, she endured harsh treatment from her teachers and fellow classmates. Over the years she developed a sense of inferiority which caused her to view life as a series of hurtles to overcome. Her life's story is remarkable, one that will cause you to shed tears. I myself have deeply wept with Linda over unbelievable mistreatment inflicted upon her. In spite of the difficult path she walked most of her life, the painful past only nurtured the confident woman she is today. God cultivated a beautiful rose whom others had neglected to tend.

Really? You feel "called" to draw?

Early this year, Linda shared her desire to draw. I felt compelled to protect her from possible failure. After all, to my recollection she had never demonstrated any interest in art. She had a knack for decorating on a budget and her home was a picture right out of Home and Garden. My little sister was up-to-the-minute in fashion style, accessorizing with simple basic pieces. I guess, upon reflection, this should have been an indication that somewhere within was a creative designer.

During phone conversations, we would discuss her illustrations. Emotions were heightened: joy, sorrow, love, pain; all exuberant from her soul as she described what God instructed her to sketch. My heart meshed with the artist in the epitomic conception of beauty, the love of Yah (God). When she sent me her first rough draft (the lion shown below on tablet paper) I knew she was right. She had budding talent. Truly God was gifting her to draw.

Note: I absolutely love the whimsical picture depicting the Lion (God) shown below within the series. The facial features with the wispy strokes remind me of the lightheartedness of our Father above.

Early Sketchings

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Untitled: First attempt drawing as moved by the Holy Spirit.  He Bore Us On Eagle's WingsUntitled.  I love this whimsical nature of God portrait. The Lion of JudahUntitled.  The lion has roared . . .     who will not fear? (Amos 3:8)
Untitled: First attempt drawing as moved by the Holy Spirit.
Untitled: First attempt drawing as moved by the Holy Spirit. | Source
He Bore Us On Eagle's Wings
He Bore Us On Eagle's Wings | Source
Untitled.  I love this whimsical nature of God portrait.
Untitled. I love this whimsical nature of God portrait. | Source
The Lion of Judah
The Lion of Judah | Source
Untitled.  The lion has roared . . .     who will not fear? (Amos 3:8)
Untitled. The lion has roared . . . who will not fear? (Amos 3:8) | Source

Late Bloomers in Life

  • Moses was called at 40 years of age to lead his people out of bondage.
  • Rocky Marciano began boxing at age 20
  • Paul Cezanne began painting at age 20
  • Julia Child learned French cuisine when she was 30.
  • Mary Kay Ash was 45 years old when she started her business
  • Grandma Moses started painting at 78 years of age.
  • Martha Stewart became a home decorator at 35.
  • Peter Roget designed the thesaurous at 73.
  • Joseph was made a governor of Egypt when in his mid-thirties

Motivation and Inspiration

The following are results of an interview with Linda about her ministry through drawings. Bear in mind, all art work displayed in this story has been within the past six months. One can see the progression of skill from the first sketching to the last shown ending this article.

Question: Why do you think God has given you this talent late in life?

Everyone peaks in their life at different stages; I feel this is where I am right now. I am fulfilled, growing in my ministry and at the spot where Yahweh wants me to be. Add to that an element of stress therapy -- while I am at work, I get a sense of relief similar to what one feels after an intense workout. As I listen to his voice, I sense peace, calm in my spirit. I very much need this to complete me.

Question: How do you know what to draw?

My inspiration comes as God speaks to me. This comes during different times of the day. Often I will awaken during the wee hours of the morning, say 4 am, to sketch a drawing at my desk. I play instrumental worship music in the background for motivation. As I draw, he speaks to me...about life, his teachings, what to put in the picture.

Question: You mentioned people have asked to buy your drawings. Is this something you are open to at this time?

Not at this time. I believe the drawings are to be used to encourage others to follow their dreams, to listen for their calling. The illustrations are expressions of God's love to people. I feel that this gift he has given me is a blessing and I want to give it back to him (God) by sharing my story in pictures with others. Down the road, I may make some available as prints.

Question: What do you hope people will take away after viewing your drawing(s)?

Each person is an individual. I think each will draw from it what they are in need of in their life. People I have shared my works with comment on how they are touched in certain ways by a drawing. I myself have wept while sketching a picture, especially during "Behold the Lamb".

Question: What advice would you give someone who felt called by God to a certain skill, job, or ministry?

Make sure you are unified with God. You need to be focused upon His Word and ways. Fasting, praying and listening is important in opening your mind and heart to hear God's instruction.

Drawing gives me time to be with Yahshua. He teaches me during these times...He has told me that I am drawing his essence into each picture.

— Linda Wages

Psalm 23

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ShalomHe Rescued MeAbba's Love
Shalom | Source
He Rescued Me
He Rescued Me | Source
Abba's Love
Abba's Love | Source

Your Votes are Valued!

Which of Linda's drawings listed here is your favorite?

  • He Bore Us on Eagle's Wings
  • Shalom
  • The Living Torah
  • The Lion of Judah
  • Abba's Love
  • Behold the Lamb
  • Follow Me
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The Shepard's Love

The photo series above entitled Psalm 23 describes the loving relationship a Shepard has for his sheep. If you are familiar with the Biblical chapter, the verses portray a journey through life guided and protected by God, our personal Shepard. King David wrote from experience and clearly shares with a reader how trusting in a heavenly father will give you peace while surrounded by life's evil forces.

One of my favorite verses reads, "Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and staff they comfort me." (Psalm 23:4, NIV). This comforts me during times of personal turmoil. This is the message intended by the drawings.

Art lovers may enjoy hearing Linda's personal narrative on these pictures, especially the one of the lamb lying in the meadow. There is a hint of a smile on its face for a reason.

Let Me Be Your Work Of Art!

The Artist's Image

I have to share a few details with readers about the arduous yet joyous side of Linda's drawing adventures. While creating her images, she has experienced difficulty drawing certain facial features. She draws and then erases, lamenting how sketching a nose, or an eye, or lips is quite complex. Linda deems them either too large, too small, or overly emphasized. Exasperated, she will pull away from it all together for a time.

During an exhausting attempt to change the eyes of Yahshua, one being bigger than the other, she heard him telling her "Stop trying to erase the eyes."

"Why?" she asked.

"Look at your eyes. One is bigger than the other. This is my identification of you. It is the way I want it. There is a part of who you are in all your drawings." (You can see this evident in first sketch of The Living Torah below.)

She felt loved and humbled because early on Jesus spoke to her on how all the illustrations contained HIS essence. To Linda, it was a reminder of our oneness, God abiding in his children.

Progression of "The Living Torah"

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The Many Facets of Yahshua

Yahshua:s Devotion to His Mother.
Yahshua:s Devotion to His Mother. | Source
Untitled. This is one of my favorite drawings. I get the feeling he is listening to me and focusing with total love.
Untitled. This is one of my favorite drawings. I get the feeling he is listening to me and focusing with total love. | Source
Behold the Lamb.
Behold the Lamb. | Source

The Love of Mankind

The last set of illustrations reveal the humanity of Christ, his emotions and his deep love for us. This love flows from our Father above, one cannot grasp the depth of His love until seen in His Son. I hope Linda will continue to portray more on this topic with future drawings.

  • Because memories of my own mother remain nostalgic, the first image renders me speechless. Few artists tender the respect Jesus had for his earthly mother, Mary. Christ's example taught us that we must honor our mother (and father), it is a commandment. Could it initiate lesser admiration of a man to have a devotion to his mother? I think not.
  • When my sister asked me what I would title the second visual of Yahshua posted in this set, I answered "Contemplation". The gaze is deep, penetrating the spirit. Yet I felt a sense of total love and adoration. I would expect this type of expression from Him as I shared my troubles. It remains untitled but I imagine the illustrator will discover the appropriate name in time.
  • Lastly, we have "The Lamb of God" revealing the tears shed on behalf of mankind. Isaiah 53:7 says, "He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth." The silent tears of God, yet man, weeping for those he loves. His spirit was deeply moved as his thoughts centered on the meaning of the sacrifice he faced alone. Salty tears cleansing the heart of man, setting the soul free flowed from this innocent Lamb.

The humanity of Christ is displayed throughout the Bible. The book of John refers to Jesus as "deeply moved and greatly troubled in spirit" and Hebrews tells us Yahshua offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears. (Hebrews 5:7) The nature of man was absorbed by Christ. Truly, without this connection, he could not have redeemed us from sin. Fully man. Fully God. A spectacular truth!

The Artist

Contact Information

Linda Wages is an ordained Messianic Rabbi of Torah Studies. She is currently writing the Warrior series which is meant to inspire believers and equip them to overcome life's difficult battles. Linda and her husband live in the rural Midwest, enabling them to enjoy long walks in the country, adventurous bike riding, and quiet evenings observing nature.

She plans to share the story behind each picture with others this year through speaking engagements. Each drawing is a an account of conversations between the artist and Yahshua. Each picture has a story to tell about her personal transformation and dedication to spreading the truth about the love of God for his people.

© 2016 Dianna Mendez


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AudreyHowitt 4 months ago from California

Her work is really lovely--I think we find our talents in our own time and in our own way--and if we are lucky, we share them with others--

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teaches12345 4 months ago Author

I agree, Audrey. I think we do better as a result. Experience through our life's journey produces remarkable gifts. Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend.

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whonunuwho 4 months ago from United States

I have always felt that we should share of ourselves since I was in grade school. I later became an artist, writer, teacher, acquired four college degrees...even though at times I struggled mightily in my subjects. We can succeed and what better way to exemplify our concern for others, as to share of what we do in everyday life. Thank you my friend and blessings to you and yours. whonu

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teaches12345 4 months ago Author

You are another example of how we can excel and live our dreams at any stage in life. Whonu, your art is inspiring. May you be blessed always

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Jodah 4 months ago from Queensland Australia

Dianna, thank you for sharing Linda's story and her amazing sketches. It is amazing that she took it up late in life and is showing so much previously untapped talent. Truly inspired by God.

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Nell Rose 4 months ago from England

One word? Awesome! I was reading the first part about how teachers etc told her she couldn't draw, and I got so mad! it happened to me at school, only with music. I was the only one who go 100 percent in the exams, and instead of saying well done, and telling me in front of the class that I was good enough for the higher class, long story, he just smiled and walked away. never forget that. so your sister is amazing! I love all of the pictures, nell

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rebeccamealey 4 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

This is a very inspirational story, Dianna. I'm so glad your sister uncovered her talent. She's very good. Thank's for sharing this with us.

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teaches12345 4 months ago Author

Jodah, it is an amazing gift and one that will inspire others to follow their dreams.

Nell, your story is one others can understand. Often, teachers fail to treat students with respect and to show interest in their personal strengths. You rose above it all though!

Rebecca, it shows God can restore years of turbulence to bring out our best.

May each of you have a blessed weekend.

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ChitrangadaSharan 4 months ago from New Delhi, India

This is such a wonderful hub and so important for parents and teachers too. Not all children can show their talent from the very beginning. It is here that the role of parents and teachers becomes very crucial-- to encourage , inspire and motivate such children. Some children are slow learners. They need more attention.

I can so much relate to your sister's story. There are so many like her. Thanks for sharing Linda's story by means of this beautifully written hub!

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PAINTDRIPS 4 months ago from Fresno CA

Sometimes you simply must follow your own inspiration no matter what anyone else says. Although I know getting support from you loved ones is valuable, it doesn't always come with the creativity. I'm glad she followed the inspiration.

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Larry Rankin 4 months ago from Oklahoma

Wonderful art display.

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AliciaC 4 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is an inspirational hub, Dianna. I think it's wonderful that your sister has discovered her talent in art. The eagle drawing is my favourite. I love it!

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billybuc 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

A wonderful article of hope and talent....superb interview...just a pleasure to read, Dee!

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teaches12345 4 months ago Author

ChitrangadaSharon, you are so right, teachers and parents must look for opportunities to encourage strengths in a child.

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teaches12345 4 months ago Author

Paintdrips, I agree with you on following your own inspiration. You do need a bit of self-confidence to succeed.

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teaches12345 4 months ago Author

Larry, glad you stopped in and enjoyed the art.

Alicia, eagles represent power and the picture displays this well. Have a great day, dear friend.

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teaches12345 4 months ago Author

Bill, I appreciate your thoughts and support. I hope others will be inspired to follow their dreams after reading her story. Blessings to you.

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Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

A great sharing of your sister's drawings and talents. I am much impressed at her talents and wish her success in life. Thanks for sharing it.

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annart 4 months ago from SW England

What superb drawings! The detail, expression and emotions are exquisite. It's amazing how your sister has developed this talent so rapidly and with no previous inclination to draw. I'm glad you shared this with us.


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teaches12345 4 months ago Author

VEnkatachari, thank you for your comment and support. I am so proud of her. Have a blessed day.

Annart, I am amazed at her gift as well. She certainly has received a God-given talent as inspiration for all. Have a wonderful week.

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FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

She has beautiful talent, and I'm so glad she listened to her inner voice.

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teaches12345 4 months ago Author

Flourish, your words will encourage my sister. Thank you for stopping by. Have a great week.

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MsDora 4 months ago from The Caribbean

It truly is a calling for this artist. How else could she display such faith inside her drawings? Thank you for sharing this inspiring story.

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Vellur 4 months ago from Dubai

Your sister is a great artist, her drawings are excellent. Thank you for sharing this, your sister is truly blessed.

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teaches12345 4 months ago Author

Ms Dora, good to see you here today, dear lady. I said the same, it truly is a gift from God for her to put such passion into each picture.

Vellur, I hope her drawings bless many and inspire them to know the source of her gift. Enjoy your week, dear friend.

Karen Hellier 4 months ago

Wow, those drawings are truly amazing, especially since they are inspired by God. I love the one of Jesus and his mother. I have never seen a picture of a grown Jesus with his mother. Very beautiful and tender. Your sister truly has been given a gift from God. Thanks for writing about it and sharing her story with us.

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teaches12345 4 months ago Author

Thank you, Karen. I thought the picture was uniquely profound.

Deb Hirt 4 months ago

I also got my true calling late in life, and that is photographing, the animals, portraying them as they truly are in a state of innocence. I care for them and protect them as best I can from the influence of humanity.

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teaches12345 3 months ago Author

Your gift of photography is impressive indeed! You are proof late bloomers produce beauty from within.

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Genna East 3 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

"Full many a flower is born to blush unseen. And waste its sweetness on the desert air." Thomas Gray

But it is never too late. These drawings are just stunning. Thank you for sharing this lovely story with us all, and the blooming flower of your sister's talents. She is inspirational. :-)

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teaches12345 3 months ago Author

Genna, I believe the quote you posted describes the beauty of a late bloomer exactly. Thanks for your supportive comment and contribution to the post. Have a blessed day, Genna.

Jackie Lynnley 3 months ago

Can't sign in for some reason.

I love this and your sketches are fantastic. I discovered a few years back I had a slight talent for sketching. Not as good as you have here and I don't work on it but was amazing to know I could at all. Would love to take a class sometime to give me a little confidence.

Fun article.

Rajan Singh Jolly 3 months ago

A touching story and the interview was a pleasure to read.It is upto Him when He bestows His grace. Your sister is indeed blessed.

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teaches12345 3 months ago Author

Hi Jackie, our talents are many but we often need a word of encouragement to pursue them. I hope you do enroll in a class some day to follow your dream. Your writing is an example of how gifted you are and I'm sure your art would compliment it nicely.

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teaches12345 3 months ago Author

Rajan, thank you for your words of encouragement. She is indeed blessed. Have a wonderful week.

Bravewarrior 3 months ago

Your sister is amazingly talented! What strikes me about her art is the eyes. They all hold emotion and are very captivating - even the animals' eyes. My favorites are her very first attempt (untitled lion in first set of photos) and Yahshua's Devotion to His Mother.

Thank you for sharing this with us, Dianna.

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techygran 2 months ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

Dianna, This is a lovely tribute to your sister's art and a tender portrait of the little sister you love. I am awed by what she has allowed God to do in her life and your description of her confidence and faith. I am sure that, in itself, has reached into many people's hearts and brought them to a desire to know the God she knows. But her art is very beautiful too, and I hope to hear more. ~Cynthia

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teaches12345 2 months ago Author

Bravewarrior, I do agree the eyes hold your attention. They are quite expressive. The lion drawings are my favorites.

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teaches12345 2 months ago Author

Cynthia, her art has opened the door of faith for some people. Each drawing portrays a message God intended for individual viewers. She continues to draw and write and I will update her post periodically. God bless you.

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