Oct 29, 2008

Paint By Number

Last night, after her first watercolor class, my youngest child started her assignment of painting a picture with complimentary colors. "Mama, what would you paint with purple and yellow?" It was difficult for me to "see" what could be created from two colors. Bedtime came and no purple or yellow had been brushed on her canvas. Wasn't it just yesterday she was painting by number? And didn't the guide state exactly which color belonged in which block to result in the puppy, flower or sailboat?

Sometimes, I want my adult life to be like a paint by number: 1=home, 2=family, 3=security, 4=health, 5=time, 6=energy, 7=dreams, etc. Life is not neatly compartmentalized into sweet little groups. The reality of life some days seems to deflate time, deplete energy and divert dreams from the serene Mary Cassatt scenes that paper my mind. The Lord gently reminds that we've graduated from the paint by number (limited cookie cutter outcomes) to the canvas of Eternal Life. When we said "yes" to the sweet Savior who bid us come, we entered the limitless realm of the "How Much More" God (Heb 9:14) who is not limited by numbers or blocks. His Word speaks "...Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts."(Zech. 4:6)

My mind drifted back to the might and power expressed trying to even think of a suggestion for the complimentary painting, and His Spirit prompted that there is one more color to factor in - the white of the canvas! There are three colors to work with! And dear fellow saints, we too, have the threesome of Divinity- Father, Spirit, Jesus - as we paint the beautiful canvas of life without numbers. He is calling us to so much more than we have ever seen, heard or imagined (I Cor. 2:9) And He is with us! Praise His Name!

Dear Lord,
Wake me from my perpetual slumber
I'm approaching life like a paint by number
Lord, help me to see how much more
Your eternal canvas holds in store! Amen.

4 comments

ocean mommy said...

Hi Lora!!!

YES! We homeschool, this is our third year and we love it. :)

Wonderful post here. I about dropped my jaw when you refereced
1 Cor. 2:9. That has been one of my "soak in it" passages this week. :)

Have a great day!
stephanie

Lora said...

Greetings Stephanie! We are in our fourth year of homeschooling! It has been such a blessing!

His Word is wonderful!

Thank you kindly for stopping by!

Luanne said...

Hi Lora--YOur post reminded me that walking with Jesus, we walk in grace, rather than the rules and regulations of legalism. There is so much more freedom in that!

I'm a homeschool mom, too! One son graduated and two girls in High School.

God Bless!

Lora said...

Amen Luanne, it was for freedom He set us free! (Gal. 5:1)

Congrats on a homeschool graduate! We've got one darlin' girl in high school and one darlin' teen in middle school.