Have you ever struggled to stay positive? Maybe there’s a difficult circumstance in your life that keeps you awake at night. Perhaps you’ve been battling a chronic illness or even depression. Or maybe you’ve been dealing with tragedy and aren’t sure how much more you can take. Regardless, we’ve all been there. We all deal with things we’d rather not have to deal with.

 

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My mother has been battling chronic illness. In all honesty, doctors aren’t even sure what to call her “illness.” All she knows is that it is draining and painful. Not knowing the cause or the treatment makes it all the more so. She has to wake up and trust God every day to get her through. A couple of weeks ago, she had a dream. She woke up from this dream knowing that God had shared these words with her: “I am painting you a new picture.”

 

Fast forward a few days…

 

I was watching an episode of Daniel Tiger with my girls. One of the characters in the show was painting a picture of a pink pig, and she ended up messing up the picture by accidentally adding a large pink splotch next to her pig. She was devastated until her teacher pointed out that she could make something out of the splotch. She ended up turning her mistake into a baby pig. What she thought was a ruined picture was now even better than she had imagined it originally.

 

Splotches happen for many reasons in our lives. Some the enemy puts there to try to trip us up. Others are simply the consequences of poor choices made either by us or the people around us. And while others are merely the result of living in a fallen world.

 

But there is good news for those of us who suffer from having “splotches” on our paintings: God is in the business of turning splotches into the best part of our picture.

 

Whether the splotch was the result of our actions or not, the Bible tells us that God works ALL THINGS together for our good. (Romans 8:28)

But there’s a funny thing about splotches on paintings – they tend to take our focus away from everything else. The same is true in our lives. We often look at the mistake. We look at the circumstance. And we have no idea how God could possibly turn it into something amazing. When all we can see is the splotch, we have trouble seeing the big picture.

 

The enemy would love nothing more than for you to focus solely on your splotches – so much so that you can’t see what God’s doing. You lose faith.  You lose focus. And ultimately you become so focused on the splotch that you become completely ineffective for God.

The solution? Don’t allow the enemy to lie to you. You are a masterpiece in the making! Not a single brush stroke surprises the Painter. He has plans for them all… the ones you put there by mistake… the ones that were beyond your control… even the ones that seem like they’ve ruined the whole painting.

 

God is painting a masterpiece, and every brush stroke matters.

 

God already knows what your finished masterpiece looks like. In fact, when He looks at you, He sees a completed work of art. So while we spend our time focusing on brush strokes that seem useless or even damaging, He’s saying, “Trust me. I’m painting you an amazing picture.”

 

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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 (NLT)

 

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10 thoughts on “God is Painting a Masterpiece (and that masterpiece is you!)”

  1. I can so relate to what your mom is going through. I have myasthenia gravis. Most people have never heard of it and many doctors don’t understand. I choose to find the blessings in what God has allowed in my life. I am your neighbor on the RaRa link up today. Thanks for your beautiful words.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing. And yes, it truly is a daily choice to focus on God’s blessings and to understand that God has so much in store for our lives if we would simply trust Him. 🙂

  2. This is beautiful! I love a good MASTERPIECE story! It’s true even the excruciating strokes are part of the final product. Excellent illustration! Blessings!

  3. “When all we can see is the splotch, we have trouble seeing the big picture.”…so very true, and something I have to continually remind myself of. Although I’m not a pessimist, I am a realist and often the lines blur when it comes to how I view myself. Thank you for this encouragement. You should share your passionate message on Fresh Market Friday! We select a Featured Fresh Find every week, and your heart for Christ and the work He is always doing within us is an encouragement to all! Crystal~

  4. Beautiful picture you draw here of God working in our lives Alyssa! I know I have created a few “splocthes” on my canvas but I am excited to see the masterpiece that my Savior is working to perfect. I may not see the finished product until I reach Heaven but oh what peace I can have knowing my life is in the hands of the “Master Artist!” Thank you for sharing such a creative and inspiring message here today. I will say a prayer for your mother and her chronic pain;I know it can be debilitating at times. I hope you have a fantastic weekend and may God bless you and yours!

  5. Thank you Alyssa.
    A wonderful reminder that I am God’s masterpiece created in Christ Jesus and He has not finished with me yet.
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Chizobam

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