Thursday, October 1, 2009

God paints my life's picture

I am a simple canvas. Clean. White. Empty.


Waiting for the Artist to pick up His brush and begin.

Sweeping across the canvas, a stroke of color is added. Vibrant. Bold.

With a flourish, the creation begins. The creation of the work of art that is me.

God begins painting my life's picture.

A masterpiece in the making. A work in progress.

Dashes of color are added here. Dabs of color added there.

Splashes of rainbow hues fill empty spaces.

Swirls of emotions take shape. Emotions that are essential to the production.

At times the progress seems fast and at other times it seems slow.

The Master paints and the subject conforms.

The Master paints and the subject transforms.

There are times that the brush isn't painting where I want it to. There are times the brush isn't painting what I want it to. Sometimes the shades of color aren't exactly what I had in mind.

But I remember that it's not my painting. The Artist has the finished product in mind and He knows what has to take place on the canvas to become the masterpiece that He is creating.

There are times when my canvas is a mess. Colors running together. Dripping.. Smudging.. Streaking...

Then with a deft stroke of His brush, the Artist begins blending the mess into beauty.

The seeming chaos turns into a work of art.

It becomes pleasing to Him. Yet.. it remains a work in progress.

Stroke by stroke I slowly become what He desires. My colors begin to merge into what He requires. From a blank canvas to a masterpiece
that is my life in Him.

"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them" (Ephesians 2:10)



LisaShaw said...

Amen dear sister. We are all His workmanship -- we are a work in progress and I'm so thankful that HE alone paints our life.

Your beautiful post is my last for the night and I'm so glad I ended with yours.

I love you and am always so encouraged by you. May you and your family remain open to the painting of GOD's Hand in your life. His plan is a beautiful one.

Nana Jul said...

Expressed with sheer beauty! You painted a beautiful picture of how the Lord works in us thru your words!! Thankyou for your encouraging words!

christy rose said...

This was just beautiful! We are His masterpiece!

Kathy C. said...

Beth, that was beautiful. I love the picture it created in my mind of God's plan for our lives each day. Have a beautiful, Jesus filled day!

Collette@Jesuslovesmums said...

Beth this is lovely! What a beautiful way to express that we are God's workmanship indeed!
Love Collette xxxx

Heart2Heart said...


Love how you captured that we are all like works of art, being painted by the ultimate Master Painter.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Yolanda said...

Praising Him for allowing me to be a part of His art collection.

Nancy M. said...


Toia said...

This is a beautiful post. Thanks for the encouragement and hope. Blessings to you always!!

Lisa said...

I can see Him with paint brush in hand, applying the colors, feeling ths brush strokes. You've given me a beautiful visual to ponder today.

Blessings ~ Lisa

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

A beautiful portrait you've painted with your words regarding God's "wip" in me. How good it is to know that while it all seems a bit "messy" to me right now, he's after something, and will work my everything into a portrait of beauty.

Have a peaceful weekend.


Faith Imagined said...

Images dancing in my mind!

A Stone Gatherer said...

That's beautiful Beth!

Dani Joy said...

Beautiful picture! WE become beautiful when we let God work in us.

I start to take the paint brush in my hands and the picture gets all smudged up though. Praying to let God do the painting.

So glad to meet you. thanks for stopping my to give encouragement.

btw.. you look so young to have grandbabies!

Praise the Lord for your granddaughter´s Baptism too! My husband had the oportunity to baptize our boys too. It was a momentous and cherised occasion!