Tuesday, February 05, 2013

A Messy Masterpiece

Too often, I wait to start things (like a blog post), until I can get it perfect.  I want to frame the words just right, get the house sparkling clean, and make sure I present the best version before I invite others to see it.

But I've been a mom, as a woman,
I'm not going to be perfect- like, ever. We are a continual work in progress.
Imagine that God is an artist (because I think He is).  

Now, think of yourself as a painting.  There's a canvas leaning on an easel, various tubes and bottles of paint scattered around.  Brushes are everywhere: on the table, against the easel, in a cup of water.  Drop cloths protect the surrounding area from splatters. The studio looks and it smells like acrylic, and oil, and paint thinner. 

The painter doesn't wear his Sunday best. He anticipates that painting is a messy job, dressing in his work clothes with proof of his artistic endeavors- stains he wears like a name tag or job description: Artist. Creator.

I'm the canvas.  You're the project.  We're in the middle of a disarray of factors that leads to something...messy, disorganized, mixed-up. Unfinished.

Maybe the mess is your past.  Your bad decisions.  Your unfortunate upbringing.  Maybe the mess is just circumstances going on around you.  Or you just feel like you will never amount to anything. 

Remember this: before there is a masterpiece, there is always mess.  
God always has a plan. Just wait and see.

Trust the Artist to make a masterpiece out of you.  When you feel like a mess, remember that He's not finished.  

You are a wonderful work-in-progress.
For we are God’s handiwork...- Ephesians 2:10
...the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish...- Philippians 1:5


Unknown said...

This is so sweet, Dani. Thanks for the reminder...

Becky Castle Miller said...

One of the most helpful things I've read on this subject is from Jon Acuff: "90% perfect and published always changes more lives than 100% perfect and stuck in your head."