From across the room, I watched my daughter paint. I observed the way in which she steadily and intentionally placed the brush on the canvas.
Some strokes were harsh and jagged, creating sharp angles.
Other times the strokes were soft and yielding causing gentle curves.
Intricately woven, the two patterns blended into a beautiful piece of art.
Alone, the soft lines would never have created this dynamic beauty. But when they blended in with the sharp ones, they enhanced one another in an unexpected way.
So it is with the sharp and soft lines of our lives, too.
God is the painter.
And we are the canvas.
He designs our lives with a purpose. As the harsh lines appear, we can not comprehend or envision the final piece. However, as He begins to brush onto our canvas the lovely, gentle curves...the pattern emerges. As he blends and entwines them, we begin to see that together, the design is beautiful.
As we take a closer look, the realization unfolds that the patterns lead us in directions. It is then, that we begin to understand the divine nature of how the soft lines made beauty of the harsh ones.
For it is in this contrast that we see the magnificence of His plan.
It is in this contrast that we see how alone, the soft lines would never have been quite so stunning.
In His intricate detail of our lives, His work is beautiful; perfectly crafted..
Lord, I am your canvas. Let me trust your plan. Help me to accept the harsh lines that come into my life, knowing that there are lessons in them I need to learn. Help me see that you will add soft lines to follow and counter them. Help me to remember that together they will glorify your name and bring to fruition your purpose.
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called to his purpose." Romans 8:28
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