Though I have made some SoulCollage® cards recently, I have not worked in my art journals for literally weeks. It was like the muse had taken a long vacation. Today I bought The Art Journal Workshop by Traci Bunkers with a 50% off coupon at Aaron Brothers and Traci's inspiration enticed the muse to come home.
I've had the focal image in my stash pile for months, but all of a sudden I thought of John 4, that recounts the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. I've used poetic license as I know that woman would not have been dressed like this, but this image hits home deeply because I love to wear thick white robes before and after the shower, and I always feel so refreshed when I'm done. Then I slather myself with one of my big luxuries--Michael Kors lotion--and I feel dewy and semi-young again.
In case you can't read my handwriting, this is the excerpt I've written from Rumi's Hidden Desire.
I have come to drag you out of your self
and take you to my heart.
I have come to bring out the beauty you never knew you had
and lift you like a prayer to the sky.
If no one can recognize you, I do
because you are my life and soul.
Don't run away, accept your wounds and let bravery be your shield.
It takes a thousand stages for the perfect being to evolve.
Every step of the way I will walk with you
and never leave you stranded.
Just as the Samaritan woman must have felt comforted by Jesus and his offering of living water, I feel worthy tonight of just being who I am, the age I am, the place I am. It started with John, but the trick with scripture is to make it relevant. Rumi helped John's story come alive for me tonight.