Friday, March 27, 2020
All too often, we struggle to believe in our worth and value. As I continue to read Wendy Blight’s study, “I Know His Name”, I found I loved her example of her grandmother’s cross stitch when explaining perspective in seeing how we are God’s masterpiece.
I remember trying to learn how to cross stitch. I purchased a beautiful smaller design of flowers. I picked out my threads, bought a plastic container to keep the threads organized, some needles, and the frame to hold my work. As I worked, I didn’t anticipate how messy and confusing the backside would get. So many threads and knots – it looked like a hot mess. I would lose my place in my stitching if I concentrated on looking at the back. It became more and more frustrating to me. But when I would flip it to the other side, I was able to see how each stitch of thread fit together. Slowly shapes formed which contributed to the larger picture.
Where we set our focus, shapes our perspective. If we are constantly focused on our flaws, mistakes, and failures, we are going to feel like we are a hot mess. We won’t see the complete and bigger picture the way God does about us. We need to be patient. We are a masterpiece in progress. God is working in us and around us. When we step back and allow His Word and Holy Spirit to be our lens in which we view things, we begin to see how each experience and relationship is woven together to create a beautiful product. You.
How can we be this beautiful product? First, we were formed in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). Second, we are renewed and transformed (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Dig Deeper: Read Ephesians 2:5-10. Depending on the biblical translations you are using, you will see either the word masterpiece, workmanship, or handiwork. As you read how does Paul describe this process of being formed, renewed, and transform occur for us?
Reflect: Picture a type of creative process. It might be painting, sculpting, gardening, or graphic design; any type of process that requires some time and effort to get the finished product just right. What process came to mind? Think of the steps that the artist, landscaper, designer, or engineer must do. Think about God working in your life? How has God shaped you? Where do you see Him fine-tuning and continuing to renew and transform you?