Friday, March 27, 2020

Ephesians 2:5-10

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?

2 thoughts on “Perspective

  1. We had quite a discussion about this in one of our previous WEBS studies. The author told us that Michaelangelo had been sculpted by scraping away little by little so that eventually the whole of the real David was revealed. In other words, Michaelangelo was saying that the perfect David was there all the time; he just had to be shaped from an outside force. Some of us preferred the image of the potter pushing and molding the clay on the wheel until the shape of the jar or vase is revealed, sometimes with a few flaws showing. The tapestry illustration is also dear to me since I did a lot of embroidery in my younger life. Corrie Ten Boom often referred to this process described In a poem by Grant Colfax Tullar (which I also put in the service folder for my mom’s funeral):

    The Weaver

    My life is but a weaving
    Between my Lord and me,
    I cannot choose the colors
    He worketh steadily.

    Oftimes He weaveth sorrow,
    And I in foolish pride
    Forget He sees the upper
    And I, the underside.

    Not till the loom in silent
    And the shuttles cease to fly
    Shall God unroll the canvas
    And explain the reason why.

    The dark threads are as needful
    In the Weaver’s skillful hand
    As the threads of gold and silver
    In the pattern He has planned.

    Right now, He is probably working on my control issues – so obvious that we have control over nothing, but we can manage the challenges as He guides us.


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