Meditations for Christians Who Try to Be Perfect

Meditation for Monday June 29, 2015

by Joan Webb

Turning Things Upside Down

Isaiah 29:16: "You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, 'He did not make me'? ... 'He knows nothing'?"

"I had a dream last night," said my artist friend. "I finally succeeded in painting the ultimate picture. Peers awarded me my profession's highest honors. I was pleased with my work -- the colors blended perfectly, the characters showed depth, and the total effect seemed to come alive on canvas. But then my dream turned into a nightmare. The figures I lovingly and painstakingly painted walked to the edge of the canvas demanding freedom. They jumped into my workshop, walked among my works, stopping to stare at the piece. "No," said the male figure. "It's wrong. Colors aren't credible." The woman added, "Lacks imagination." Both strongly suggested I improve what I had already completed.

What an absurd dream, you say? The artwork cannot tell the artist how to craft his masterpiece. Neither can we as created human beings, try to tell our Creator how to design our futures. Learning to cooperate with God and live in harmony with his plan for all creation produces balance in our lives makes good sense.

Master Creator, no longer will I turn things upside down
and tell you how to paint your masterpieces.

Copyright Joan C. Webb

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