I was working on an art piece not long ago, and wanted to add a bit more detail to the facial features of the work. I’m an abstract artist so I normally do not apply detail to the face because my idea is to get my audience drawn into the piece to visually apply whatever emotion they may feel while observing it. In other words to begin a dialogue about the work. Sometimes creating can be easy for me because the paint and my ideas work cooperatively together, and at other times there is difficulty, because the paint may be to runny, tight, resisting to stay in the boundaries of which I have applied it’ When this happens it could completely change my plans for the piece. Sometimes it works, but other times it causes me to begin again, or even leave it until I am ready to work on it at a later time.
Do you know that God is the artist (designer) of your life and is referenced as such in the book of Isaiah? He says, “But now, O Lord, you are our father, we are the clay, and you are our Potter; and we all are the work of your hands.” (64:8 KJV). That means you. You are the clay on the Potters Wheel my friend. We are all molded and formed by the father’s hand. Sometimes we are easy to mold, and God can finish his work, using us for the purpose in which he created us. Then there are times when we like the paint take on our own identity, choosing a path that he has not designed for us, and he being God in all his sovereignty knows that we are headed for shipwreck.
God will not force himself upon us. He allows us to choose to be in service to him. ( Joshua 24:15) Although we were chosen by him the day we were born, he wants us to serve him willingly. If that means that you have to sit on the wheel longer, well…..lets just say he’s patient enough to wait. 🙂 I smile because many a times I have chosen to take my own path, and let me tell you, It was not a good thing. It would have been easier for me to just submit, but I delighted in taking my own path, and for a while it was good, until the rod came out and I began to reap some of the harvest from the seed I had planted.
However, because he is my father he lovingly accepted me when I returned to him shipwrecked and all. (Luke 15:11-32) KJV. That my friend is the kind of father he is. He loves us, and he is patient with us to the point where he will allow us to go our own path with plans to continue his work when we return to the wheel. God is good. He only wants to develop our talents, while desiring us to take on his personality, his character as we apply them to our purpose. If you are having trouble submitting all of your desires into his hand, you are only delaying your progress in becoming a finished product. Let Go, and Let God. Amen
(c) VPaschal 2017