Day 504: Unfinished Business

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You know, I always wanted to be an artist. I mean, I guess I sorta am an artist as a writer or as an actress, but I mean, like, an artist in the painting/drawing sense of the word.

I have medium skills at drawing (my dad is a wicked amazing artist so I had some of it in my blood), but nothing to write home about. Once I went to one of those paint in a group what the lady tells you kind of deals (Painting With A Twist) and had a great time.

What I found interesting was that the teacher knew just what the final painting was to look like but we “artists” were just sorta following blindly at times, doing these strokes that seemed sorta odd at the time but would end up being the background or the shading or something. Several times I liked the way it looked and wanted to stop there, but then she’d walk us through a few more steps and we’d end up with it looking even better.

And today as I think about my positivity that “I am unfinished” this painting experience comes to mind. There are times in my life when I think, “God- what is this you are doing with me right now? This is all wrong!” But then afterward I see that the trial or tribulation or simply just a weird road he took me down was just Him putting some shading on me or creating some amazing background. Ya know- things that make sense… later when I’m looking back on them in hindsight. And other times I’ve thought “Oh this is it. I’m just where I want to be. I’m done growing.” Only to realize months later that I was nothing but a sketch at the time. Devoid of color or depth.

So I’m remembering that today as I question a stroke here or there of God’s or if I want to say “Oh forget about it- this is as good as I’m gonna get.” INSTEAD I am going to remind myself…

I am unfinished.

POSITIVITY: I am unfinished.

I am certain that God, who began the good work within me, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6

PRAYER:

God, ya know… You are an amazing artist. Whenever I look around at creation I see amazing things… the ocean in and of itself is just stunning and the mountains are so… wow. Sunsets. Huge swaying trees. All amazing. And that’s just creation! Looking at my children, I’m in awe again. And some of the smiles and laughing eyes that you have made… awesome.

Today as I started the day I was feeling so terribly inadequate. so beat down. But God, your reminder to me that I am UNFINISHED and I feel so much better. Every “mistake” is actually just an incomplete brush stroke… thank you so much for allowing me to be seemingly imperfect while you perfect me. Thank you for not giving up on me as I try sometimes to take the brush from your hands and do the job myself. Thank you for even thinking me worthy to be a potential masterpiece. Your love is almost overwhelming!

Amen.

{Good thing God is a
better artist than me! Ha!}

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