Who’s the Artist?

16 05 2014

Christian, my firstborn was two when he found a picture I was embroidering. It was beautifully sewn with satin stitched vines and many colorful flowers cascading all around. In the center, I had carefully sewn, “Peace to All Who Enter Here.”

He also found my threaded needle and my scissors, and decided to make my handiwork his project. He made a little snip here, another over there, and then “embroidered” crisscrosses back and forth over the top of my beautiful work. It was quite a sight!

By the time he got done with it, I thought it would best be displayed with a knife hilt stuck in one of the holes, some flattened lead bullets in the others, presented in a beaten up frame with more bullets, another knife, the feathered end of an arrow as if the picture had been shot through…and perhaps an embedded Chinese star.

Peace indeed!

Ephesians 2:10 tells us that we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus.

That day I learned how God feel when we, His children, decide to make His work our project. We cut a little here, stitch a little there, and mar what He intended to be a masterpiece.

We do this with ourselves when we decide what “belongs” and what should be “cut out,” without so much as a glance at the stitching diagram.

Mostly we do this with others. We approach them with a critical eye, scissors in hand, and decide what needs to be done to shape them up!

Sometimes the scars that are present in our tapestry are the result of our actions and sin, sometimes caused by others who had a “better” plan.

This is what happens when we try to “help” God with His masterpiece – us!

Despite our intrusion, God hums quietly and continues to craft us into a work of art. The ugly messes we’ve made when we’ve tried to add our personal touch to the work are carefully mended and redone by His skillful hands.

We would do well to leave the work of creation to Him, and like the fabric onto which embroidery is sewn, surrender to the hands and needle of the Master Crafter. We are not our own project. Our job is to be yielded to Him, to cooperate with Him, and let Him work into us that which will make us a treasured picture of His love, mercy, and grace.

 

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22 responses

17 05 2014
Mel Wild

“Mostly we do this with others. We approach them with a critical eye, scissors in hand, and decide what needs to be done to shape them up!” How true in all our relationships. Maybe if we were busy following our own design we would have the time or energy to try to fix everyone else. Imagine that!

17 05 2014
Mel Wild

…Meant “wouldn’t have the time to fix everyone else…” LOL!

17 05 2014
lessonsbyheart

As I told Nopew – God’s been fixing everyone around me just fine *without* my assistance. That is humbling…especially since His continual word to me is “Shhh. Just love them.” πŸ™‚

We are watching Him change people right before our very eyes – only because we’re doing it His way. I am in awe of His great love for every person on this planet. Mmmm. He is good.

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17 05 2014
Mel Wild

That’s awesome. That’s what I’m finding out too.The Holy Spirit is REALLY good at being the Holy Spirit. πŸ™‚

17 05 2014
lessonsbyheart

Go figure! {giggle}

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17 05 2014
lessonsbyheart

You make an excellent point! Thanks, Mel.

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17 05 2014
StephenWhoElse

Nicely put! I can fix many things, but I keep away from trying to “fix” people.

17 05 2014
lessonsbyheart

It’s been amazing to see that the Lord can fix people just fine – without my help. That’s a little humbling! πŸ˜‰

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18 05 2014
StephenWhoElse

Amen!

14 09 2013
Julie Garro

What a beautiful way to explain it. Great post.

14 09 2013
lessonsbyheart

Thanks. Now if I could just remember this. πŸ˜‰

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11 09 2013
Tony

Here is a revelation and vision that the Lord gave me a while ago that fits in with what you posted. Take a look at it and see what you think.

Building the Temple, One Stone at a Time
Exo 20:25 And if you will make Me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of cut stone. For if you lift up your tool (key phrase) upon it, you have defiled it. (People are living stones from which the spiritual house of worship is built. To take a tool, i.e., mold them to fit what we think they should be and what we think that they should look like and where they should fit, is to in effect tell God how he will be worshiped in His own house.)
Eph 2:20 You are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus Himself the chief Cornerstone. 1Co 3:11 For any other foundation can no one lay than the one being laid, who is Jesus Christ.(The foundation, like the church is a work in progress as the church grows the foundation is laid to support it. )

Eph 2:21 In Him the whole structure is joined (bound, welded) together harmoniously, and it continues to rise (grow, increase) into a holy temple in the Lord [a sanctuary dedicated, consecrated, and sacred to the presence of the Lord]. (the Temple is a work in progress and will continue to be so until the day we are all in heaven at the marriage supper of the Lamb when: Rev 21:22 And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty is its temple, even the Lamb.)
Eph 2:22 In Him [and in fellowship with one another](here is the foundation of home groups/ the Simple Church) you yourselves also are being built up(a work in progress, not a finished work) [into this structure] with the rest, to form a fixed abode (dwelling place) (the goal of the work) of God in (by, through) the Spirit.
1Pe 2:4 Come to Him [then, to that] Living Stone which men tried and threw away(their attempts to manipulate and form the Stone into something that they wanted failed so they threw it away), but which is chosen [and] precious in God’s sight. [Ps. 118:22; Isa. 28:16.] (the temple will be built out of stones that the world/American Church considers worthless but are precious in the sight of the Lord. Here is a caution for all, make sure that we use no tool on these stones for they belong to the Lord and are chosen by Him and are precious in His sight)
1Pe 2:5 [Come] and, like living stones, be yourselves built(the stones are being fitted by the Lord one at a time. Care, forethought and divine purpose go into the placement of each stone. Each stone is just that, an individual stone with its own unique characteristics yet it is fitted and joined together by the Lord into His temple) [into] a spiritual house, for a holy (dedicated, consecrated) priesthood, to offer up [those] spiritual sacrifices [that are] acceptable and pleasing to God through Jesus Christ.( these home groups are meant to be discipleship groups and covenant-building relationship groups. These groups, although made up of individual stones, are in turn to be part of The corporate body, The Church of Jesus Christ, for it is only in the dynamic of covenant relationship with one another and with the Lord that true worship will be experienced.

With that said, I saw in a vision, many people and as they gathered they became like living stones in the temple wall. The wall did not keep people out, instead, as people came to the living wall, they became part of it. The building, if you will, had walls created by people joining together to worship the Lord, however, the building had no roof. Instead, it’s covering was the glory of God and it was His glory spilling out over the walls, because the glory of God cannot be contained, that was drawing people.

11 09 2013
lessonsbyheart

That’s awesome! We have just such a home group. We’ve been together for several years and do much to strengthen and support one another. It’s a safe place to discuss what we struggle with – and without judging one another. I absolutely love it.

This group is part of a larger congregation, as well, every person involved in ministry in some way. It’s exciting to watch the Lord shape each one of us as we surrender to Him.

Thanks for sharing your vision! πŸ™‚

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17 05 2014
nopew

Absolutely thrilled that you shared this profound vision, and it adds so much to the teaching in this article!
Peace

11 09 2013
Toni Sprandel

What a beautiful story. And isn’t it the truth, we actually mess things up when we try to help. πŸ™‚

11 09 2013
lessonsbyheart

If you’d seen the picture, you’d never have used the word, “beautiful!” It was pretty sad looking by the time Christian was finished! πŸ˜‰

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11 09 2013
platinumdonmccoy

This is very timely for me. Thanks for sharing.

11 09 2013
lessonsbyheart

So glad to hear it. You’re welcome!

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11 09 2013
Heather Marsten

Hope you keep it – trust me, ten or twenty years from now you will find it a treasure and a source of a smile.

11 09 2013
lessonsbyheart

Wish I had. My two-year-old is now 33! πŸ™‚

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11 09 2013
Peg

“We are not our own project.” God help me remember I am just the clay being crafted by YOUR hands. Thanks, Tami!

11 09 2013
lessonsbyheart

Me too, me too! πŸ™‚

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