Wednesday, February 25, 2009


24 x 30
oil on canvas

Here is the full painting.  It depicts three young men after going through a scary, but amazing experience in Costa Rica.  On our last mission trip we were enjoying our fun day on the beach when some rip tides caught several of our friends on the trip.  Some made it back to shore by somehow swimming through the currents to get back to the beach.  Two were unable to get back on their own. They later told us that they were swallowing a lot of water and may have blacked out at some point.  Those who had made it back to the beach either ran for help or starting desperately praying.  This beach was private and pretty empty.  Two men happened to be walking by as we were praying and we asked them if they were good swimmers and they said yes.  They swam into the currents and coached the two men back to shore.  We then prayed with them, praising God for answering our prayers and they continued walking down the deserted beaches.  We all have wondered who those men were and whether or not they were angels sent to help at the moment when we needed it.  I don't know the answer to that, but I do know that God does send angels to help us and He is in control at all times.  This story is one that I will never forget and will remind me of God's faithfulness in our time of need.  I am so thankful that God brought those men safely out of the water and that He allowed me to be there to witness a miracle.


Elizabeth Messer said...

What a simply beautiful painting. I love the detail of the shore, rocks and water. You are so talented. Wonderful story too!

Leia Brown said...

Thanks Liz!