A friend brought me a box full of vases his mother was going to throw away. Before the storm (as I like to call it), I loved to paint glassware and decided it was time to get back in to doing what I really enjoyed. From what they considered as trash – although not perfect – I created some things I think are quite beautiful. Of course, I’m the creator of these pieces and although I can look and see every single mess-up and flaw, every imperfection, I’m proud of my accomplishment. I think they’re beautiful.
If that isn’t a picture of God and what He does for us, I don’t know what is. As I look at these vases, I’m reduced to tears. Isn’t that what God has done for us?
He takes “vessels” – plain, ordinary, used up perhaps and considered of no use and not only rescues us from being completely trashed and shattered, He makes something brand new out of us. If we allow Him to create in and through us, as He “paints” we become new; our hearts and minds are mended to the point that we sometimes don’t resemble at all what (and who) we started out to be! What He creates, heals, restores and blesses, He cherishes and takes great pride in. Why wouldn’t He? As he intricately works at mixing, healing, restoring and creating us from the inside out, He begins to see who He created us to be: His Son’s image.
He knows every imperfection yet He loves us. He doesn’t discard us, just the opposite. He insists every bit of who we are what we’ve been through is working for both our good and His glory. Only the Master Painter can do that. Because of those truths if we choose to believe, we’ll give Him “creative freedom” and ask Him to touch everything of who we are. Somehow what was so bland and broken becomes His masterpiece.
I painted those old vases because I imagined what they could look like. I wanted to make them into something beautiful that could be used to brighten and bless someone. That’s what God wants to do with us. Will we let Him?
“But now O LORD, You are our Father, we are the clay and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your Hand.” Isaiah 64:8