Dawn at Beneath the Surface: Breath of Faith has been encouraging me to begin linking some of my random journal entries with her weekly link-up at Random Journal Day – which opens every Friday and runs through the following Thursday.
Trouble is – digging out all my journals and reviewing my walk with the Lord, determining which dramas to share! Providentially, however, I just happen to currently be working with an old journal of mine, and found the perfect first selection for a link-up to a beach background themed blog titled “Beneath the Surface: Breath of Faith”!
You see, I’ve been working on LaVerne’s Gift from the Sea Circle Journal spread and had planned for a while to gift her with the poetic gift I received from the Lord by the seaside on a 1998 retreat in Mystic, Connecticut. I had taken a special sketch journal and plenty of colored pencils.
We were learning the inductive study method with all the circling and underlining of pertinent Bible passages in different colored pencils. I was loving this because it resonated with my artistic sense – so beautiful and visual – like God’s Word turned to a rainbow of color and promises on the page taking me through the hills and valleys of a faith walk with Him –
|Rainbow Hill – Tehachapi, California|
But, I digress.
Anyway, sitting by the rocky water’s edge in an Adirondack chair, I remember sitting with my journal on my lap, meditating on the study from the morning. I was gazing out over the water as the sun beat down and suddenly, it was as though the water was lit on white fire – I noticed the sparkle of the moving waves so vibrant – like dancing electricity. I was mesmerized – and didn’t have a camera to capture the moment!
But, I did have a journal.
I began with single words, attempting to define what I was seeing – LIVING WATER! The words flowed freely and I knew it was a true, Gift from the Sea. Quickly, I tried to sketch the joyful movement in the water – like little white flames dancing – the sun glistening on the waves.
More words came. I turned the page and continued . . .
Filled to overflowing, I soaked it all in – a moment in the presence of the Lord – in worship – forever etched in my mind and heart . . . and in my journal with these words:
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These fourteen years later, I am tasked with creating a double spread for a sea-themed art journal. My mind steered immediately to this journal entry – the poem – I now titled, Seaside Muse. I had collected some vintage photos, paper, and jewels that represented sparkling waves to me. It was a great pleasure to illustrate my poem in LaVerne’s journal thus:
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