"Remember Hanalei" by Kala Beaver Kachur, copyright
Featured Artist: Kala Beaver Kachur
I was raised in a military family where I had the privilege of traveling to various parts of the world. This instilled in me, at an early age, a true love and appreciation for the beauty of the world we live in. This can easily be seen in my work as I enjoy painting places I have visited.
My first artistic endeavor involved music. I have played the piano since age 9, taught piano lessons, worked as an Elementary Music Teacher, and played piano and organ on staff at several churches in Alabama. I also play the flute and enjoy singing alto.
Several years ago I took a couple of oil painting classes with my mother. It was at this time that I discovered my love for painting and art. In January of 2007 I was involved in a car accident in which I received a head injury and had to have 3 neck surgeries. I feared that I would not be able to paint anymore due to nerve damage and for over 4 years did not even try. A few months ago I picked my paint brush up again and started painting and have not put it down since then. My accident has given me a greater compassion for people, life, and the beauty around me. When I look at art, it speaks to me. Art is some of the best therapy there is. It says things to me I may not be able to verbally express at that moment.
I paints in oils and acrylics and also enjoy making jewelry. I currently reside in Huntsville, AL.
God and I have been through so much together I feel the need to share 2 verses. The first is Philippians 4:13. “ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” My car accident in 2007 left me in a tremendous amount of pain and multiple injuries. Pain that sometimes I did not think I could handle. You could say that this verse saved me life. I still suffer from some of that same pain and neuropathy, but the first verse I turn to is Philippians 4:13. While recovering from my 3 different fusions surgeries there were many mornings that I would even have to pray that prayer just to get out of bed. I have also clung to this verse while recovering from my head injury and Post Traumatic Stress disorder. My favorite thing to do with this verse is to put my name in the place of the word I so that it reads “Kala can do all things through Christ who strengthens her.” I praise God for the strength He has given me since that day in 2007.
The second verse is Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This is an absolutely tremendous verse. God has a plan for us and it is full of hope. My life was turned upside down in a blink of an eye in 2007. All of my plans had to be erased. In that car accident I acquired a head injury that gave me a 90% chance of being in a vegetative state the rest of my life. But God left me here for a reason. I clung to whatever reason He had and Jeremiah 29:11. My life is totally different know, but I imagine that is part of God’s plan. Is it easy? Honestly, I don’t think anyone’s life is easy. That is why these two verses help me get through the difficult days. If you have found that your life has been turned upside recently, I pray that you turn to Jesus. We may not always know what His plan is, but I am so thankful that He does.