It started with an unexpected check in the mail. I had been praying for money for a vacation and with delight, here it was from the Lord’s hand to mine. Paris? No, not enough money. Hawaii? No, it would buy me maybe three days.
Then it came to me: Victoria, British Columbia. I had been as a teenager and remembered its beauty. I wanted a place to have a honeymoon of sorts with Jesus, to relax and spend more time together, and grow in my intimacy with Him.
July 7th came quickly, and I was off for the two hour flight to the island. My seatmate was a local man, who gave me all the ins and outs to do. I planned on biking the island and exploring all the nooks and crannies. I lived in England for five months during a break from the mission field and looked forward to fish-n-chips and English high tea. with thick cream on my scones.
Upon arrival, I was met with the perpetual hanging flower pots that are all over the island. I arrived at my quaint inn, built in 1900 as a dormitory for coal miners. My room overlooked the Craigdarroch Castle, which I quickly
went to see. The Lord had promised me a surprise there, and I found it in the tower, with 360 degree views of Victoria. Breathtaking. I won’t share my surprise as it is a secret!
For four days I biked. Along the shore, taking in the beauty of the Olympic Mountains and large timber like driftwood that scattered the beaches. To Oak Bay, where I had my delicious tea and visited the local art galleries, admiring the local artists. I explored the beautiful inner harbor, basking in the glow of the famous Empress Inn and its Rose Gardens. I stopped and waited in line for halibut fish-n-chips at Red Fish-Blue fish, the local favorite. I biked to Fisherman’s Warf and
saw the floating houses and ate more fish-n-chips!
Every night, I was exhausted, and spent the evening watching the sun set not until 10:00pm, as it is close to Alaska and stays light until then.
The Canadian people are so friendly and helpful. Every place I went, if I was lost, they helped me.They were fun to talk to and had delightful stories to share. I fell in love with Victoria, with its beauty, its European flair, and its laid back lifestyle.
Trip highlight was to famous Brutchart Gardens, where the color and expanse of flowers took my breath away. Of course, my phone and camera batteries died half way through, but I found a postcard of the spot I wanted to paint, as a souvenir of my trip.
I will be taking a break from painting my regular Scripture art and painting the beauty of Victoria from my heart. It is good for an artist to switch things up every
once in awhile!
The Lord blessed me with a closer intimacy with Him, healed my heart from some painful things in my life, and just had fun with me. He loves to dance and sit and watch His masterpiece, the sunset, together. I will always remember Victoria as my special love place with Him, and I am grateful for the beautiful, relaxing time I had. Enjoy the pictures!
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