Guest blog by Melissa Stanley
The will and work of God can be seen as a work of fine art. The closer you look at the work of art, the more you can see the fine brushstrokes or pencil smudges. Seeing those fine marks help you to see and recognize more clearly the work of the artist. You can appreciate the time taken to finish the work of art. But, when you are standing so close, all you can see are the small fragments that serve to make the whole thing magnificent.
In order to see the beauty of the entire work of art, we need to step back and see all of those individual brushstrokes together. Parts of the art that may have seemed ugly and disfiguring up close now show themselves as a crucial part of whole beautiful picture.
So it is with the will and workings of God and the journeys that He takes us on throughout our lives. Those journeys are sometimes wonderful and sometimes they knock you down so hard you don’t know how you’re going to get up. Sometimes, we are so focused on our day to day lives that all we can see are the individual brushstrokes that God is painting in our lives. Good. Bad. Sometimes devastating.
It helps to take a step back and leave the art to God. We should be looking at the masterpiece God has for us and His plan for our lives instead of looking at the painting before it is finished.
By Melissa Stanley
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