Happy Saturday to all! Hope everyone’s had a great week!
For me, it’s been a challenging one, especially when it comes to my health. Last weekend, I came down with a horrible case of bronchitis which rendered me useless for quite awhile. I was forced to miss half of a long-anticipated art workshop, which was highly disappointing. I also had to miss two days of work, which in my occupation is nothing but a trap. For a few days after my return, I struggled to catch up on everything I’d missed, working late into the evenings. Needless to say, there wasn’t much studio time or blogging time for me this week (frown!).
Thankfully I’m back, and today I’d like to share a page I completed recently, entitled, “I Will Follow You.” It appears in Kim Rae Nugent’s book, Journal Starters Sampler Volume I, which is currently available on Amazon.com.
This page includes a portion of a photograph from the book. The original picture had been snapped through the windshield of a vehicle as it passed through a tunnel; it shows a rear view of a truck that the vehicle had been following. As I worked on building the page, I kept being drawn to the concept of following, and of being followed. It became a reflection of faith — my personal faith — in God and in the people I love.
While I identify as a Christian, my faith journey hasn’t always been an easy one. Throughout my life I’ve wavered back and forth between belief and uncertainty. Despite the fact I was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and attended church regularly with my parents while growing up, I’ve never been as convinced as I would like to be about the existence and influence of God in our world. Quite honestly, of all the characters in the Bible, the one with whom I tend to identify most is probably Thomas, the apostle who struggled with doubt and couldn’t stop asking questions. It seems I’m constantly looking at the imperfect world and wondering, if there is a God, why does this or that terrible thing happen? I can and do question it–but invariably, each time I’ve felt compelled to do so, I’ve experienced something that has pulled me back into the fold and caused me to believe.
I think the people in my life have been the primary reason I keep believing, and keep wanting to believe. God has shown His light to me through the people He has placed into my path. The vast majority of the time, when I’ve really needed someone to lead me through the darkness, to open a door, to build up my confidence, to just be there — someone has arrived to lend a hand. I’ve blessed with a family that does its best to close ranks around me when I need support. I have a group of loyal friends who have been constants in my life for decades. We follow each other and allow ourselves to be followed, and we don’t leave anyone behind. Through smiles and sadness, I know that when I turn around, they’ll be right behind me. And even if it seems as though God is far away, I can take comfort in that knowledge.
This page was created with vintage book pages, gesso, spray inks, a punchinella stencil, stamped corrugated cardboard, Washi tape, rub-ons, stickers, vintage Dymo labels, found text, a chipboard frame, photo corners, pens, and the image from the book.
Thanks to all of those who follow me here on this blog! I am also very blessed to count you among my friends! Have a great weekend!