When I realized I had never featured this artwork on the blog, I was flabbergasted. It is one of my favorites from last summer and a bestseller on Etsy. I was very pleased with the colors in the stone path on this piece and the texture of the sand. While painting among the fields of Iowa, I was thinking of following the beaches of Lake Superior in Michigan specifically. We visited there a couple summers ago with dear friends. Let me tell you–it is gorgeous. Peaceful. Wide open in some areas, and sheltered with trees in others. A place where the power of God is incredibly evident. A place where it is hard to feel dismayed or alone. A place where you see God’s victorious hand holding us all aloft.
The kids and I collected many stones that trip. During the summer I put them out on our coffee table in a big pottery bowl. Every time I see them, it reminds me of that place, of God, of the friends and family He has gifted us. It reminds me of all the stepping stone paths in my life that have brought me to this place. It feels solid, secure, lasting.
We need those reminders, don’t we? Or at least I do. In times when we aren’t sure of the next step, it helps to know there have been stones behind us, and ones ahead. Sometimes, it is nice to know we are part of a beach, a long path of stones that stretches for miles.