A look at God’s marvelous creation reveals that He is a painter. Glorious sunrises. Majestic mountains. Vast seas. Matchless artistry.
He’s still painting.
God is painting you.
You are the canvas, white, and fresh, ready now to become into what only the Painter can truly see in His mind’s eye. No one has a more accurate picture of you than He does. He sees you as a certain finished product that will be completed at some point in the future.
The canvas doesn’t get to choose the colors. The painter will chose a color and begin painting, and then a different color and paint some more. At that point, an onlooker will turn up his nose with one glance.
But to the painter, it’s necessary to work toward the vision He has of the finished piece of work. God erases our sins, but not the color of our experiences and memories.
Blue. It’s losing a loved one, and leaning into the arms of the Comforter.
Yellow. It’s learning to worship with a pure heart to a Holy God.
Orange. It’s crucifying the passions and lusts.
Green. It’s finding the habit of seeking His green pastures.
Red. It’s choosing to love.
Numerous shades come from His purposes. After awhile, the onlooker can see where the painter is going with His design, and then his attitude turns to eager expectation.
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (Philippians 1:6 NLT)
That work that He’s started in you? He’s working toward the vision He has of you. What you’re going through? He’s using it for good. He’s using those vibrant “colors” to make you into a mouth-dropping awesome masterpiece.
God is the Master Artist of your life, and He is painting you into awesome.