When you first enter into an intimate relationship with another person you are flooded with information and it can be hard to sort out everything. They are a blank canvas, you don’t know anything about them. But, as you spend time with them, you find out details about their life, their experiences, their relationships, how they think, how they act, and what they believe in. Your knowledge about them expands and like an artist, you begin to paint a picture of that person. Their struggles and triumphs are the broad brush strokes on the background of the canvas which details how they became the person that they are. The more time that you spend with them, the more complete your picture of them becomes, and the representation of them on your canvas starts to fill in more details; your picture takes on shape and definition. The longer you are with that person, the more complete the picture becomes, and with each additional day, finer and finer brush strokes are added to your canvas and your image becomes more vivid.
I’ve known my husband pretty much all of my life. So I had a good idea of the broad brush strokes on the canvas of our relationship. And, although, my contact with him was sporadic throughout our lives, I already had some of the larger brush strokes filled in. But, by spending more time with him talking and interacting before we decided to enter into a relationship, my picture of who this man is, and what he stands for, really took shape. I saw how his history interacted with his life at the time, and I saw what a fine man he had become. I fell in love with him. And, although we have a long history together, he still surprises me with things, so that fine lines are added onto our canvas adding more definition to our masterpiece of art. I am convinced that there will always be something more to learn about my husband, until the day that the Lord takes me home.
If we never stop learning about the people that we love, how much more so is this point also true about God? Just as I can spend the rest of my life learning more and more about my husband continually filling in the finer details on the canvas of our life together, the same goes for God. The more time I spend with God, the more time I spend in God’s Word, the more time I spend praying, the more time I spend reflecting on God, the more I see a priceless masterpiece of art take shape. That masterpiece delights my senses in every way imaginable.
And of God, I know this – I have limited knowledge, God does not. I have limited space, God does not. I have limited time, God does not. He’s ever so infinite. He knows all, sees all. God is everywhere at once. The Creator of the Universe, of all things visible and invisible, created me. God can read my mind. God knows me for who I really am. God will always be there and God will never ever let me down. He is all goodness and light. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, God accepts me for who I am. God loves me. God calls me His beloved daughter, His Princess. I am redeemed.
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT)
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” (Psalms 19:1, ESV)