Pearlescent Watercolor & Inktense – Deeper Still Lesson 6
Hello Everyone! Welcome to lesson 6 in Deeper Still! In this Bible Art Journaling Challenge series, we’re taking an adventure into the depths of God! Today I want to talk with you about Abraham and Sarah, and what it means to welcome God into our lives. I shed a few tears putting this lesson together. Friendship with God is so sweet and to take a deeper look can only but cause us to love Him more.
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Deeper Still lesson 6
All week I’ve been eyeing my pearlescent watercolor and Inktense supplies. I find that sometimes when God is working something into my heart, He leans me toward particular supplies which would best express it. I can see now, it’s because the pearlescent watercolor really has a unique way of expressing something rather supernatural… like encountering God. Abraham and Sarah in the Bible had a story which undoubtedly millions have looked at over the centuries, in wonder and study. Enjoy the lesson as we look at a particular part of their story with God and grab the resources below to join in the challenge!
I used my Single Column ESV Journaling Bible, for this lesson and the scripture for this challenge is Genesis 18:1-8…
And the Lord appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. 2 He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth 3 and said, “O Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant. 4 Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree, 5 while I bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said.” 6 And Abraham went quickly into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quick! Three seahs of fine flour! Knead it, and make cakes.” 7 And Abraham ran to the herd and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to a young man, who prepared it quickly. 8 Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them. And he stood by them under the tree while they ate.
Abraham & Sarah
How many books could be written about the life of Abraham and Sarah?!? Their story has been left as an incredible guide book to help navigate our own lives. I find that studying a particular little sentence and how it fits into the bigger picture, can be so eye opening. Tucked into the Bible is a wonderful point in this story.
Abraham RAN when he saw the Lord. He did not saunter over to Him. Nor did he ignore God. Abraham ran to the one he adored.
It fascinates me though, it’s as though this was not their first visit together. How did Abraham know it was God? This mystery is left out for us to ponder. What was Abraham’s response to seeing the Lord in His presence? He ran to God and then went into host mode, to give the Lord some rest and food. It was the proper thing to do in His presence, but Abraham chose that way. On a side note, anyone ever wondered who the other two were who were hanging out with the Lord that day? 🙂
In hosting the Lord, Abraham was quick to make food come together and then… “he stood by them under the tree while they ate.” There is something life-changing about standing in God’s presence, which words cannot capture. I used pearlescent watercolor to suggest a bit of that supernatural presence of God, lingering at the place Abraham encountered God under a tree.
It was there that the Lord told him that Sarah would have a baby and she was in disbelief about it. Just to put two-and-two together here… this place where Abraham hosted the Lord, is the place where He prophesied over him something which would lead to Abraham becoming the father of nations. The place where He thought of making God comfortable at his home, is the place God spoke life over his family. This place where Abraham chose to think of God’s needs, is the place where he God his own needs began to be met.
I am incredibly thankful to do life with a God who I can be friends with. Who I may not be able to give bread to, but to whom I can make personal sacrifices to see His desires considered. I’m thankful He cares about my own needs and works harder on making my dreams come true, than I am capable of supporting His vision. May we fall deeper in love with a God who loves us immeasurably.
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Aug 11, 2017 @ 11:01 pm
Wow! I love your idea to add shimmer to symbolize God’s presence, as the end result really does look magnificent. I think I will try this with metallic Gelatos!
Aug 12, 2017 @ 7:11 am
That sounds like a great idea with metallic Gelatos! I hope you’ll share in the facebook group for the Bible Art Journaling Challenge once you’ve created something!
Arlene R Misner
Aug 11, 2017 @ 11:28 pm
Hi Rebekah 🙂
Hey where did you get the handy dandy book for pencils? the one you have your ink tense in? I do not see it. This lesson is amazing by the way.
Aug 12, 2017 @ 7:10 am
Sorry about that, thanks! I’ve got it added into the collection now for you. I find the Inktense pencils are a little chunky so it’s a bit tight of a squeeze for them, but the best I found after resource and I quite like how easy it is to cart around 72 Inktense pencils!
Aug 12, 2017 @ 10:12 pm
I love your lesson and want to get started right away. I followed your instructions to the paint my photo and registered. When clicking your link I am sent to my homepage. How do you find your tree?
Aug 15, 2017 @ 9:56 am
Sorry Joan! I’ve linked it properly now and clicking on the link no longer leads to your own profile. Not sure how that happened but it is now linking directly to the tree in the post now. Enjoy! There is much to use on their site!
Aug 13, 2017 @ 8:48 am
Unable to locate tree you used.
Aug 15, 2017 @ 9:55 am
Sorry about that Linda! It is linked properly in the post now. <3
Aug 15, 2017 @ 8:40 pm
Oh Rebekah, This is a beautiful illustration and symbolism for this Scripture. I love it all the shimmer. The waterinks are a good investment. I will save for them. Love, love, love your videos. Blessings.
Jul 11, 2019 @ 11:23 pm
This is so beautiful. Great teaching on this.