One Saturday morning my son Andrew woke up early to go for a walk with his grandma. My mom has a pond with a path around it near her home, and he loves to walk around it with her. It was still dark when they headed out but as they walked my mom noticed the sun beginning to peak through the clouds.
After they walked a little ways, she suggested they sit on a bench swing nearby and watch it rise. Andrew snuggled up close to her as the morning sun cast hues of pinks, blues and golden beams across the horizon.
Soon grandma announced, “Look Andrew there it is. The sun is rising!”
Andrew responded back without hesitancy, “Yea, grandma, it’s like a pretty picture – and we’re in it!”
Hearing that story touched my heart so deeply. My little boy had seen the beauty of God’s masterpiece and put a frame around it. But what I loved most is that he had not only seen it, he put himself in it!
It made me wonder how many of God’s beautiful pictures I miss seeing, and being in, throughout my day. Perhaps because I simply walk by then. Too distracted to notice, too busy to stop.
Many days it’s hard for me to slow down and see what God is doing in my life. And do you know what I am most likely to miss seeing? The beauty of the work He began in me and is now completing each day.
Our lives are not only full of “pretty” pictures that we are in, but to others we are the picture of Christ that they see. A portrait of beauty that reveals God’s glory. A masterpiece that others can take notice of His Son rising in us each day, bringing hope as we reflects His work in us.
Finding the “real me” starts by getting to know myself and notice how God has uniquely created me. And that only happens when I take time to be still. To take notice. To allow God to work in my heart and in my thoughts. Being still is the first step. After all, have you ever seen a canvas running down the street while the artist chases it down?
Being still starts with a pause. A pause where we bow our heads and lift our hearts to Heaven and acknowledge – He is God. A pause where we surrender our desires, our dreams, our burdens and decisions and trade our plans for His purpose.
A pause where we say to our heart and soul, “I can trust Him. He is mine and I am His. I will let Him create in me a new new heart, a picture of His glory.”
Are you willing to be still? Are you allowing God to paint His purpose on your heart through the vivid colors of your personality? Will you carve out time to consider the spiritual gifts He’s given you that reveal His character in unique ways, and then look for opportunities to offer those gifts in service to Him and others?
Today, let’s pause to see. Let’s be still and put a frame around the masterpiece He is painting in us and in our lives. Let’s cease striving in our hearts and minds so that we lean on, trust in and discover each day the woman He created us to be.