Look at the creative mess the above painting went through before it was what you see above. Each layer I had to wait for it to diffuse and dry before moving on. Believe it or not, this is what I intended each of these layers to look like.
It’s risky exposing to the world something that is unfinished.
But I wanted to show a bit of my process. It seems like often we want to hide away until we feel more put together and polished. And if you’re doing your own polishing, then I hope you have a pleasant hiding place because you’re gonna be there forever.
But. Life is a holy process when we belong to the author and finisher of our faith, Jesus.
Why are we confused and afraid when the Lord shows us a glimpse of our mess. Unless we recognize the uncomfortable messiness of our own feeble efforts to be worthy, we don’t really see the completeness of God’s beautiful finished work that is making us truly worthy.
We don’t like those times when he is letting His work in us dry so he can add the next layer. It feels stagnant, but trust me, it isn’t.
Glory to Glory.
I don’t boast in my messy sinfulness. It’s not beautiful. I am of myself NOT glorious – yet. I boast in the One who began a good work in me and is faithful to complete it.
And I rejoice with each new layer God adds to my life when He knows I’m ready.
So, I will do my best to obey Him. It speeds up the drying process so He can move ahead on the next layer of His finishing process.
I am nothing without Him, and I am everything with Him, because He is everything.
If you have given your life to God than this is for you, “Don’t worry, be patient, don’t take God’s work upon yourself. He’s got this. Just do what He’s told you in His word.”
If you haven’t believed on Jesus, there’s no time like the present.