Daily Delight

Friday, July 15, 2016

So many, it seems, only paint with two colors. Black and white, and the strokes go up and down, up and down. This is right, and the brush goes up. This is wrong, and the brush comes down. Careful to not let the colors mix. They are sure. They do not move. They are certain.

But sometimes my stripes get a little blurred. Sometimes my brush wanders horizontally and smears grey all over the canvas. I am not so sure anymore. I am always moving. I’m only certain of one thing: I love Jesus and want to serve Him.

My faith feels grey at times. It’s not as harsh as the black and white, which makes me squint and cover my ears. It seems too loud for me, too bright, too much. I cannot condemn others because I’m dealing with my own life and sin. I don’t have all the answers and I’ve never pretended to. I think there’s a certain amount we’re not supposed to know. Maybe grey can be good.

Maybe grey is softer and kinder. Maybe it’s more inviting for those who’ve gotten the impression from misguided painters that this faith thing is too abrasive.

What if God gave us more than two colors? What if we used our whole canvas and a variety of strokes? I’d like to believe it would make things more beautiful, it could make us more beautiful.

I want to paint a picture of Jesus, not the stripes of legalities. I want people to see the beauty and joy and freedom that comes from Christ, not the burdens we create and place on each other. Will you help me?

Maybe this is how the church is supposed to be, all of us with brushes of different sizes and shapes. And we are using different colors and even mixing colors to bring souls closer to Him. Maybe grey can be good.

I’ve picked up my brush, Jesus. Tell me where to paint next. I shall hear a word behind me, saying, 'This is the way, walk in it,' whenever I turn to the right or the left. -Isaiah 30:21


About the Author

Sarah Dixon≫ ≫A native to Arkansas, Sarah is studying journalism at Harding University. She is a part-time barista, social media manager and copy editor. In her free time she enjoys dance, playing music and yoga. Sarah spent a semester in London and would love to return one day and hopefully use her gift of writing for the glory of God. You can read more of Sarah’s thoughts at gentlywhole.weebly.com


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