"God's Grace Still Amazes Me"
I have some very dear friends who felt the Lord was leading them on a different path than the one they were already on. They took a large step of faith by resigning from the job that he was doing, putting their house up for sale and trusting the Lord to lead them in the direction He wanted them to go. The Lord provided for their needs in so many amazing ways. My friend helped me to organize and participate in an art show. At that time the Lord laid on my heart to paint a special picture for him and his wife as they planned to moved away from our beautiful state.
I love to have symbolism in the art work I do, as I want there to be a message bringing glory to my Lord. As I work on each art piece, whether it is in my studio or some other place, I love to listen to music. As I was listening to a specific song, I thought about my friends and all that they were going through and all of a sudden the Lord laid on my heart what needed to be painted and the message behind it.
As I painted the path, it reminded me of the unknown path they were taking. They didn't know what road the Lord was leading them down but I wanted them to remember that the Lord was their Faithful, Enduring Friend, Patient Savior, Author and Healer of their soul. Not only were they traveling on an unknown path they were also going through some emotional trials. I painted a small stone on the path to remind them and everyone else that what we might see as a huge boulder (the unknown future, trying to sell a house in the middle of a recession, finances, etc) the Lord sees as a small stone that He can step over. I also wanted to encourage my friend that even though the unknown may seem scary at times especially as being the leader of his home, the Lord was there to see them through it all. In the painting, I had him walking towards the dark barn (representing the unknown future) but that the Lord (represented by the light shining in the barn) knows what is in the future and will see them through it. Outside the barn, his family was enjoying the different things the Lord had provided for them. I wanted them to remember to rest in the fact that the Lord does care. The Lord didn't want the two of them to be sidetracked by the pressures they were facing or lose out on the precious memories He was creating for them with their little family. Things like playing in the leaves, hiding behind a tree, enjoying an apple on a beautiful autumn day and the joy of picking apples with the whole family. As I finished the painting, I hoped they would realize that a part of me would go with it. I wanted them to know that the Lord would never leave them nor would He forsake them. He would see them through it all. His GRACE is so amazing!!!
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Karen's Artistic Thoughts
I decided as I was working on this website, that a blog would be a way to explain what goes through my mind as I work on each piece the Lord has laid on my heart.