I’ll let you in on a secret about me. There’s no creative brushstrokes in my DNA—none. Even my stick figures look pitiful.
You won’t find the blood of an artist running through my veins. I’m not artistic by any stretch of the imagination.
But the art of coloring gives un-artsy people a way to add individual flare to a beautifully drawn picture.
My daughter, Megan, and I are fond of coloring. A fondness starting when we were both little girls. We colored together through her childhood, teen, and college days, and still do today.
Who says coloring is only for kids? This article makes me want to color right now.
Still, Megan and I consider ourselves coloring connoisseurs. We colored for recreation and mental therapy long before the rest of the world caught on to coloring books for all ages.
Proudly signing our name to completed pictures is a tradition. “By Mom” remained my standard signature until Megan married. Now I sign my actual name.
To later admire our handiwork as we flip through books during a new coloring session, we date each finished masterpiece with month/day/year. They bear who and when information.
God’s Coloring Book
There’s another coloring book story. God’s glorious artwork is seen in creation. Blue sky, aqua blue oceans, sunsets of pink and orange, green grass, and all the primary colors displayed in a rainbow.
God colored me and you. He chose the color for our skin and hair. And He picked the crayon for our eyes. Genetics and science behind eye color is fascinating. What actually takes place to end up with brown eyes, and particularly blue or green eyes, is detailed and intricate.
It’s where science and creation end up on the same coloring page. Science provides a formal explanation to God’s creation process. Science points to creation, but the Lord picked the crayons.
The Master Artist
You see, God’s the true coloring connoisseur. It must make the Lord’s heart ache when we complain about a particular crayon He chose for us—His artist design. If you’re comfortable in your unique design, really comfortable, bravo!
For many of us, at some point and time, we struggled to celebrate the crayon the Lord chose for us. There will always be someone, who we surmise, is a better likeness by the original artist. People, who in our opinion, sport the perfect shade of blue eyes or green eyes or brown hair or olive skin.
God’s blood not only runs through our veins as His spiritual children, but His artistic flare colored us exactly like He fancied. No scribble. Perhaps coloring outside the lines for some of us, nonetheless a finished picture He desired to capture. Exactly. And perfectly to His liking.
Freckles, dark skin, light skin, dark eyes, or light eyes. Maybe we would have picked a different crayon, although we are not the Creator. And we’re not a cheap replica, but authentic artistry.God's not an amateur craftsman but the Master Artist Who designed me and you. #ThursdayThoughts Click To Tweet
Coloring By God
The heavenly Father sketched each of us with His creative brushstrokes—an original work of the famous artist, God. And He never signs a piece of His work: “By God. However, I’m not an artist in any stretch of the imagination.”
So we’re a coloring book story. God chose the crayons. We bear who and when information—month/day/year, our birthdate with the artist’s name, “By God.”
The Lord never removes us from His coloring book. But He proudly nestles us inside the pages as a testimony of His grand handiwork.
Maybe you feel scribbled on and messed up by life, your original and individual flare hidden. Friend, God concerns Himself with original pieces of art that bear an authentic signature—His. He wipes the slate clean and preserves you as a canvas to display His glory.
“For we are God’s masterpiece” Ephesians 2:10 NLT.
God chose the crayon. Today, celebrate you and your unique design!
© 2017 by Karen Friday, All Rights Reserved
*This article’s revised from one of my first posts that appeared on my blog in 2014. A slightly different version was published by Christian Devotions. Visit their site for wonderful daily devotions by various writers.
*Images or image design courtesy of Adobe Spark. Sunrise photo taken at the beach by my husband.
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