“Fathers arise” has been a phrase going through head for the last few weeks and God has put a deep heart cry and passion within me to honour, champion and see sons and Fathers arise. God gave me a vision a week before I painted of me painting a man’s face on stage on the Monday, with the belief that it would call forth men to stand tall, become who they are and know the purity and heart of the Father over their life.
Tragically then on Friday 28th February a friend, leader and influential figure passed away after a bad car accident in Ethiopia. Caleb Meakins, a truly humble, passionate, focused, relentless, courageous, shameless and hope-filled man had a huge and radical impact on my personal heart and life. His passion to see a shift in our culture transformed my life and many others around the world. His ability to face his weaknesses, and even courageously run head first into his deepest fears to find God’s strength, was breathtakingly powerful.
Having lost his Father at a young age from a plane crash, Caleb had intentionally allowed God to fill that area of lack and pain with His love.
Due to this I felt this deep anger about the loss of two mighty men from just one family, both due to tragedy. Yet his loss has made me lean into God’s heart in a whole new way, with my questions, shock and pain. As God promises that within our deepest pain comes our greatest hope.
Therefore, a glimmer of hope sparked in my heart as I pondered over the situation and the injustice. It dawned on me that he hasn’t only gone home to heaven to be with his Heavenly Father, but his earthly one too! The mix of deep sorrow and yet sudden joy for him suddenly gave my heart new clarity for what God could redeem in the midst of the tragedy and mystery.
“Sons are coming back to their Fathers, and Fathers to their sons”.
Caleb was a born pioneer and I truly believe that he would want us to remain focused on the God who can turn any tragedy around for good. God can and will bring hope through the most painful and broken situations. That’s His nature – to turn what the enemy meant for evil, for our good. So I felt deeply honoured to paint the portrait of this hero of the faith who has left a legacy that lives on and will mark many with his bravery, pioneering spirit, humility and the way he drew out the gold in everyone. He has paved a way for the Fathers and Sons of this generation to be reconciled. Sons are being restored to their Father’s hearts and Fathers to their Sons. God’s Father heart is breaking for our generation to know the extent of His redemption and heart to see his sons arise with true strength, pure love and eyes and a heart that reflect their Father’s.
May we be marked as the “Restoration of Father’s” generation.
Caleb, thank you for being all that you were you have truly left a mark on the world that is hugely significant.
This photo was taken with the line from the song “He Reigns” in the background, written by Jeremy Riddle. Incredibly it begins with…
“It’s the song of the redeemed
Rising from the African plain
And it’s the song of the forgiven
Drowning out the Amazon rain
The song of Asian believers
Filled with God’s holy fire
It’s every tongue, every tribe, every nation
A love song born of a grateful choir, yeah
It’s all God’s children singing
Glory, glory, hallelujah
He reigns, He reigns
It’s all God’s children singing
Glory, glory, hallelujah
Let it rise about the four winds
Caught up in the heavenly sound
Let praises echo from the towers of cathedrals
To the faithful gathered underground
Of all the songs sung from the dawn of creation
Some were meant to persist
Of all the bells rung from a thousand steeples
None rings truer than this
And all the powers of darkness
Tremble at what they’ve just heard
‘Cause all the powers of darkness
No, they can’t drown out a single word
POEM ABOUT CALEB MEAKINS
Life’s crashes, create a deep, earthly loss.
Pain and devastation, leave us in shock.
Hope is needed in our hearts again.
As a car crash steals a man of deep faith.
Yet through heavens gates he’s gone to behold.
A man of great courage, humility and gold.
A shifter of nations, a leader of hearts.
A creative visionary of intelligence and art.
He was a hopeful pioneer, with a heart of compassion.
A mind full of wisdom and yet fearless passion.
A legacy of love and a footprint of faith.
Caleb knew His Father, and faced his deepest pain.
Saturated in joy and a heart to go deep.
He was able to laugh and able to weep.
He knew his assignment and held nothing back.
Courageously triumphed over fear and lack.
Now he is wrapped in his Father’s arms,
An embrace of deep love and no sense of harm.
Swarmed in deep love, held in so dear.
The place that he dreamed of, free of all fear.
A son to a Father, and beautiful Mother,
A friend to many and a deeply loved brother.
A man who knew his worth and what he was called to do.
Who faced his fears of rejection and made a way through.
A world changer and deep lover of life.
Who shifted the ground, without any strife.
He knew his sonship and knew his place.
Now in sweet heaven, captivated by God face to face.
He will always be remembered, I will personally never forget.
The man Caleb was and the way that we met.
He drew out who I was in my weakest of days.
He helped me see hope and the power of praise.
I am just one of many that has had my world change.
Due to a man of obedience, who was unashamed of the strange.
A man who knew that true strength was found in being weak.
Who spoke on subjects others would struggle to speak.
His life is a war cry for hearts to arise.
Warriors to take their place and hope to surprise.
His legacy speaks of wonders and ripples far and wide.
As he was a man who fought from victory’s side.
Caleb we are so deeply thankful for you.
For all you carried and faithfully broke through.
We are so thankful for your persistence and radical love.
In awe of your faith and for rising above.