The paint didn’t look like I had expected as I examined my brush strokes on the wall. In the store, the paint color swatch advertised a delicate, pale green — “Soft Meadow” — that I thought would look calm and peaceful in my dining room. Instead, the wet paint was more of a dingy grayish-white shade.
… this isn’t what I asked for, I grumbled as I climbed the ladder for the thousandth time.
Somewhere between painter’s tape and paint runs, I thought about God and His plan. So many times, I look at things that happen in life and think “this isn’t what life was supposed to be”. We picture in our minds what a new family, marriage, baby, home, job, friendship, church, or relationship will be like. However, in reality, life is much more messy than our picture-perfect ideal. The reality of life, just like my grayish-white wet paint, just doesn’t match the advertised paint chip.
Ever feel like that?
In the times when life just seems too messy, we just have to trust that God is still in control. That somehow, in the mess and chaos of life, that He makes beauty.
When we stop fighting for control of the details, the Creator makes a masterpiece…. from the mess.
Could we even look into the mess and see His hand at work? Even when life doesn’t look like we expected, could we find the beauty within the messy?
As my wall paint dried, the unbelievable occurred. The grayish-white paint revealed a beautiful, calm green… just like a “Soft Meadow”! Amazed, I just stared at the paint brush in my hand — still wet, and very much a depressing grayish-white — and the dried paint on the wall. Amazingly, the same paint transformed as it dried to reveal a completely different color! While the paint was drying, I hadn’t noticed the change that was occurring.
God is painting a beautiful piece of art with each piece of our lives, all expertly blended to become much more than we could imagine. We might not realize that He is at work in our lives. We might not be able to tell the finished piece of art is in progress. We might even feel like giving up because His hand at work is not obvious.
… but He is working. He is creating, and molding our lives… and our hearts.
When the painters tape came off, and the wall paint had dried, I smiled at the new beautifully, peaceful green room. It turned out better than I even imagined, and the white window trim looks so beautiful against the sage green walls. All the work and mess had been worth it after all.
We have to make the choice today to trust that when God removes His painter’s tape from our lives, that we will see the beauty He has been at work creating.
Today’s mess will be tomorrow’s masterpiece.
“being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it… ~ Phil 1:6