When life seems faded and pale, a dim echo of glory,
or surreal, too busy and bright,
you can rest, friend, and trust the Artist, because you are not self-made.
"We are God's masterpiece" (Ephesians 2:10, NLT), all of us being loved together into a Life more magnificent than we can dream.
Masterpieces aren't made in a day. There are stages and phases and layers, and if you try to rush the peach onto the blue, you just end up with mud. "Soul work is slow work," a wise friend says, and the master Artist delights in each step of the process.
"We who with unveiled faces all (already!) reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." (2 Corinthians 2:18)
And we can be "confident of this, that he who began a good work in [us] will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." (Philippians 1:6)
We are His masterpiece, continually being loved toward completion by the One who delights to claim us as His own and sign His name to us.
Painting and photos of the stages by Patricia Herrera.
A repost from the archives.