|Posted by jlemmert on May 19, 2012 at 3:35 PM|
Years ago I was preparing to speak and lead worship music at a Christian retreat and my delightful, talented friend said, "I wish I was as talented as you are." It stunned me to realize that she didn't see all of the talents and gifts God had given HER. She saw my gifts clearly, but was blind to her own. I knew I sometimes did the same thing in my life. For example, when I went to the beach I only saw the woman who had the "perfect" body, not the many who had "normal" bodies like me. Or, when I sang I always wanted to sing harmony or play an instrument someone else played. I never saw my gifts as anything special. I always wanted the gifts someone else had.
I knew this discounting of one's gifts and wanting someone else's gifts must grieve God, so I spent time in prayer and asked Him, "What do you want to say to us, Lord?" He inspired me to write the Love Letter from God which reminds us that He gives us gifts that are unique for each of us and our personalities. It is our job to draw close to Him, spend time in the Bible and in prayer so He can reveal those gifts to us. As an artist (painter) I love that God sees a masterpiece in each of us. I picture Him with a large paintbrush in His hand, mixing up wonderful colors and sweeping them across the canvas of our lives. Over the next several weeks my blog will walk through the verses of this Love Letter from God . I pray it will bless and encourage you.
Day 1 "You are my masterpiece."
God sees a masterpiece when He looks at you and me. Yes--imperfect me. Imperfect you. He formed us in our mothers' wombs and He loves us with a deep, incredible love. Sometimes we don't feel His love. We feel lost in the darkness and alone in our sin or pain, but God does not abandon us. He promises He will never leave us. He knows everything about us and still loves us. He created us and He sees a masterpiece in the making.
Thoughts to Ponder:
Think back on a time when you felt hurt, lost or alone. Try to describe what it felt like and what you needed or wanted from others. _________________________________________________________________________________