During 2019 I had the very great privilege of being able to take a sabbatical. This is a period of time gifted to me help re-charge, re-focus, re-fresh, re-new and re-flect.

As part of my discipline to help enable me to do all this, I had a particular question in my mind and had decided to return to a hobby I’d had as a teenager. I took up doing some art work – watercolour painting and sketching in particular. I have produced quite a number of paintings, each piece of work enabled me to process my thoughts and helped in my reflections.

I hope the one below helps you.

The Harbour:   

(Ashley’s own painting)

When we become children of God in Jesus, we have power and authority given through the Holy Spirit.  We need to be obedient and do that which the Father has called us to do, knowing we are equipped with every gift and tool necessary.  To be sent out of the safety of the harbour to where the fish live.

Although the harbour is a safe place for ships and boats, it’s not the place they were created for.

Rev Ashley Evans, Yorkshire Synod Evangelist


“He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.””  Mark 16:15-18 NIV

 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”   2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV