The other day, as I was listening to a CD, a certain song came wafting over my headphones. After the song was finished, the writer expressed his reason for the writing of it. As I listened, I was inspired beyond words to simply stop and give thanks to my Heavenly Father.
I am not going to share the story word for word, as I don’t have permission to do that and no way to gain permission, but I have felt compelled to share with you the basic idea of the story and how God used it to encourage my heart.
The young man shared that when he was in high school, he took an art class. As he was there learning, he did a few paintings. There would be times, as he was painting, that he would come to a place where he was completely baffled as to what he should do next. From his point of view, it seemed as though the painting was just not coming together at all. His art teacher was a soft-spoken, elderly man, and he would stand behind the young man as he was painting, just watching, rarely commenting. The young man turned to his teacher and said, “What am I going to do? This isn’t looking right at all!”
The teacher’s reply was, “Come back here.”
As the young man went to where the teacher was standing, the teacher said, “Now just look at the photo from this distance. See, it looks a little different from here. When you’re up right next to the painting, you tend to just get focused on the problems you’re facing, and you can’t quite get it to come together.”
Then the teacher would go up to the painting and, taking the young man’s paintbrush, he would dip into a little bit of paint, mixing it a little here and there. Then he would place the paint in different areas.
The young man watching was baffled, wondering to himself: “What is he doing? My painting wasn’t very good before, but now he is ruining the painting entirely! Those colors aren’t even in the picture, I don’t see that at all!”
But unaware of the student’s musings, the teacher would simply continue adding to the painting, without saying a word.
Finally, as the student watched, the painting started to come together.
The teacher would say “Do you see what I’m doing?”
“Yes,” the student could finally reply, “I see that!”
“Keep doing it,” the teacher would respond.
That illustration can remind us so much of our Heavenly Father. Sometimes in our lives, there can be times when we will face things that we simply do not understand. We will wonder why we are facing this or that and question the Lord’s reasoning, as we cannot see the big picture.
But if I take a step back and ask the Lord to help me look at the big picture, ignoring the enemy’s tries to get me to become focused on the problems and mistakes, then the Master will come along and fix things here and there in my painting, and in my life. I can trust Him in any circumstance and realize that no matter what, He knows what He is doing! He is so faithful to us, sisters, and everything He is doing in our lives is for our good.
I’d like to share with you a few words from a song entitled Masterpiece of Mercy:
He knew what I was when He made me
But He saw the sinner I’d become
He knew He had grace that could save me,
His greatest work of art had just begun.
He started with an old, dirty, canvas
My sin had left tattered and marred
Then this Artist turned His light upon my sadness,
And began to wash away the blackest part.
When all the stains were gone, He started painting
With colors that I’d never seen before
Then with joy, He was ready to display me,
To show the world what the Cross was for.
A masterpiece of mercy, a miracle of grace;
When the Master sees one hurting,
And wipes the pain away.
The canvas of the Artist becomes a holy place,
For a masterpiece of mercy,
A miracle of grace.
Now I’m getting ready for Heaven,
Every day just makes me want to go,
But the Artist hasn’t stopped, He’s still painting
And when He’s finished, He will take me Home.
Sisters, may we leave our paintings, and our lives, open to the workings of our Creator, the Master Artist. Truly, each of us who have come to know Him, are nothing less than a miracle of Grace, and a masterpiece showing what YHWH’s love and mercy can accomplish. May we each continue to shine brightly forth, for Him!
The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. His work is honorable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth forever. He hath made wonderful works to be remembered: the Lord is gracious and full of compassion. – Psalm 111:1-4
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