"Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don't compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life." The Apostle Paul giving advice in a letter written to the church in Galatia.
I love this little piece of advice because it helps me continue living a life that is different from most every one I know. Some time I feel overwhelmed by our families peculiarities and uncertain future. We don't have a car. We don't have any medical insurance. We have little to no savings. The children have never gone to school. We make art hoping that eventually the right person will come by and purchase and take it home with them. We live in a city but our yard looks like a farm. Living by faith has taken us down a little zig zag path in a dark wood that occasionally opens up into beautiful sunny clearing were we can rest and get our bearings again.
We recently found one of those sunny spots in the form of a house show in NYC's West Village at the home of Danny and Patty Gregory. They were kind enough to open up there home and invite their friends to meet a portion of our family and our art. The beautiful cake pictured above was part of a very plentiful offering of food from the Gregorys. When this cake came out I was truly overwhelmed by their gracious hospitality. We met a several very interesting people and sent off a number of hand crafted studiobeerhorst items to new homes. Together with our friends we created an event to bring people together for an afternoon filled with art, good food and interesting conversation. It required around thirty hours of travel in a van both ways. (We did the journey with our neighbor Dave Shaw and his two oldest children Nick and Rose along with my Rose, Pearl, and myself.) We stayed a few extra days in order to take in the city and reconnect with old friends there. I am so thankful for this particular adventure and the opportunities it opened up for us there.
The painting on this cake which is titled Braided Vision has something to do with living a life of faith. The girl has a book in her hands yet her braids are covering her eyes to block her vision. Her task is now an impossible one because she needs her vision to read.
When we follow the unique path God has created for us we will regularly be faced with what seems to be impossible situations which in turn force us to realize that we will need an intervention from God in order to continue. Remember Moses at the Red Sea with his stick. So living this way means an intimate walk with God and what could be more precious?