When we are put in the midst of uncertain circumstances, surroundings, and future, real personal and spiritual growth will happen if you stay flexible. Danielle and I were having breakfast with some amazing neighbors and friends this morning. We were sharing stories of growing up, life as adults, and general conversation about all things family. Our friend who happens to be a talented artist, among other things, was explaining some of the process of painting with an oil medium. The end result comes through sequences of building up and breaking it down. Through many iterations the end result is often not the vision you started with. The story of my life…
We live in a world where we want continuous “building”, something I am completely guilty of. We want consistent job promotions and salary raises. We want to move from a small house, to medium house, to our large forever house. We want a slow and steady growth into the promise land. Unfortunately, we have this utopian picture in our head of what life should give us and when we hit a breaking point, we have no idea what to do with it. This life is not utopia, there are struggles, there is loss, and there is an incredible amount of breaking that occurs. That may sound like bad news, but when your perspective shifts…it can be the most freeing and motivating experience of your life.
I am going to keep this simple. We were made for a purpose; to shine our light and introduce the world to the love of Jesus. That truly is our only job. Now it looks different for each one of us; because, we all have different occupations and paths the Lord has led us down. But one thing remains the same, we need to shine! What would our witness look like if we all lived a perfect utopian life, with no challenges? It would be worthless and ineffective. Furthermore, what kind of knowledge would we have if all we ever did was win (build)? One-dimensional and shallow. So, we walk through life being built up and experiencing breaking points, but it makes us better, stronger, more relatable, and most importantly, more reliant on the Artist. And just like the oil painting that was built up and broken down…all of the layers come together to form a beautiful masterpiece with dimension. A masterpiece that was created for a purpose, a purpose greater and more significant than you will ever know.
So, we shift our perspective. We embrace the broken state fully, knowing that God is building us up, layer upon layer, to eventually expose His perfectly imperfect masterpiece that has been made righteous through the ultimate sacrifice…Jesus. Embrace and enjoy the periods of building, but also embrace and rest in His peace through periods of breaking. It is good; we are being equipped and we will come out on the other side shining bright with the love of Jesus.
building and breaking…building and breaking…building and breaking…we are God’s masterpiece. In the end we will look back at the process, only to be amazed at the beautiful piece of priceless art which we have become.
Blessings through the building up and the breaking down,