Sunday, February 28, 2016

Brush Strokes from THE MASTER PAINTER'S Hand

Redecorating in our home continues and through that process, God has been revealing Himself in the mundane moments of life.  Who knew my bedroom painting project could be such a wonderful visual of God’s love?!

This is the time of year my creative juices flow as I pour over my decorating magazines, Pinterest and the many decorating websites.  Since I am not particularly good at color selection, God has provided me with help.  My sister-in-law, Karen, has the uncanny ability to see colors well.  I am so thankful for her advice and her skills.

Once the plan is in place I can’t wait to get to the project at hand.  (I always hope my excitement will carry me through to the end of the project as there is nothing worse than running out of enthusiasm midway!) 

First I prepped the walls; there were drips from the last time I got the “bug” to paint.  After my husband lovingly suggested I have a “drip” problem when I paint (ahem…always hard to hear criticism but so much easier when it’s “truth with love”), I knew I had to do better this time around.  So I scraped and sanded and finally I was ready to arm myself with the various brushes and several cans of paint.

I rolled that brush across the walls while enjoying music from the Christian radio station. (I can still see some brush strokes; it is probably the point at which the music became filled with praise!)  The more I rolled and brushed, the more the blemishes disappeared.  Those old walls (our house is over 100 years old) were fairly shouting with the joy of being refurbished.  That paint was covering up the scratches, nicks and old color and something new was bursting forth.

Another thrill of repainting is the joy of watching a huge change happen so quickly!  Voila!  Walking into that room is now a brand new experience.  It looks and feels clean and refreshed; the new color brings a sense of peace and tranquility.

Doesn’t God do the same thing for us?   I love the old hymn, “There is Power in the Blood”.  The blood that Jesus Christ shed is the same blood that covers up our “blemishes”, our “nicks”, our sins.  The red blood of Jesus is the best “redecorating color” of all.  When we accept the gift of Jesus, we are rescued, redeemed and restored (three of my favorite words).  Hebrews 9: 22a says, “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”  We need God’s brush strokes on our lives.

My husband and I recently saw the movie, “Risen”. The graphic pictures of the crucifixion are stamped into my memory.  Admittedly, it was difficult to watch, but it should be painful.   Thankfully the movie did not end there….nor does the glorious story of Jesus end there.  The tomb was empty!  Jesus was alive, is still alive and is waiting for all believers to join Him.  The “walls of my heart” have been painted over by the blood of Christ!  Oh how I look forward to the Easter celebration!

In the same way this painting project brought new life to our old walls, my life was made new when I invited Jesus to be my Savior.  When we get “painted” by the blood of Christ, when we accept God’s gift of eternal life though His Son, the Bible says we are born again.   
"II Corinthians 5:17 tells us: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
It’s the perfect time of year for refreshing and refurbishing.  Jesus is the MASTER PAINTER and the only One Who is able make all things new.  As we look toward Easter, let’s invite our “heavenly decorator” into our lives to give us new life.  Get ready to shine!

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