My First Humble Effort

Since becoming a mother, especially since becoming a mother of two, my Bible has gotten a little dusty. I hate the word “busy”, but every working mom understands the pressure, how there never seems to be enough time.  After a particularly hard week involving travel, a bad cold, some family drama, and a heavy workload, I found myself alone in the sanctuary at church, exhausted with just a few minutes to spare before picking up my daughter at our church’s wonderful Mother’s Day Out program.  I pulled open the pew Bible and turned to Matthew 11:28:  “Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and lowly in heart.  And you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  I sat quietly and prayed for rest; I dreamed of lying in green pastures and walking beside still waters.  My soul felt a bit restored after just a few minutes in the Word.  In moments of desperation, I still break out the Bible, so it seemed fitting to begin my art journaling experience with the verse that called to me in my most recent challenge.

The word that spoke to me most loudly in the verse was “rest” and how much I needed it, but I also found myself dwelling on the concept of being yoked to Jesus, working alongside him so closely, knowing he is with me in all that I do. And when I think of what Jesus has done for me, all my burdens seem light.  I always pay close attention to “I am” statements in the Bible.  The thought of Jesus as being “gentle and lowly in heart” is somehow reassuring.  In the quiet of my heart, as I worked on illustrating this verse, I could also hear:  “I am rest,” and “I am light.”

Before putting pen to my Bible, I looked for images of this verse on Pinterest and Google to get some ideas. I practiced a few times on paper.  I was a little surprised how different it felt to write on the fine, thin Bible paper than standard copy paper.  This will take some getting used to!  I feel like art journaling the Bible will involve a lot of trial and error learning.  Here’s my first effort…


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