Saturday, August 27, 2016

This Blank Canvas

I’m praising God for another day. I opened my eyes this morning and stepped into another blank page open and waiting for words, for decisions and choices, for challenges and frustrations, for love and smiles. What a precious gift!

I never want to take my days for granted. Never want to expect another tomorrow. I’m simply here living it all out as God instructs. All the praising and the praying and the lifting up of His name. May it all be to His glory.

And there hanging on a wall in a darkened museum corner, my thoughts in action. A rendering of an artist’s studio awash in chaotic disarray with its slashed canvasses, spilled paint, smears of anger, rejection and resentment yet somehow making perfect sense to the artist himself.

Though I sometimes make an absolute mess of things, and this world and this society in which we live can often become distorted beyond recognition…only God can bring a measure of beauty from the chaos.

He takes the dark and broken soul, the perfect picture of chaos and torment and restores the bright colors. He brings order and purpose to the remnants of our past that cause us to stumble and fall, and He strengthens the weak to move forward and away from the mess….only God!

He’s the Giver of our days. He provides the open, empty canvas and allows us to fill it with the colors of our heart. To pour out all that is within us; the lovely and the unlovely. To wrestle through the weeds of this life and bloom brightly for Him.

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.(Ephesians 2:10)

He brings beauty from our messes. Faith in our despair and brings forth His light on the hard days.

“and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” (Isaiah 61:3)

Go brightly into this day, my friend. May your canvas be awash in the love of our living, loving God and the many blessings He so freely bestows. 

1 comment:

  1. You fill your blank canvass with beautiful wisdom and encouragement, Debbie. I Love this post! Blessings :)



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