With quivering movements, I put my pencil to the page and begin the first stroke. I continued until the piece is almost complete. Then I began the shading; under the eye, the neckline, then finally the hair. The paper transformed from a blank page with a single stroke into a piece of art.

Our first stroke is our first breath. Each breath we take adds to our piece of art. Just imagine, a hallway filled with incomplete canvases. Some are nearly blank while others are almost complete.

Now think, what do each of those stokes mean? That slight crinkle under that eye, a new life, a child. That mouth, the whisper of the vows at a wedding. Every, single, line, was put there for a reason.

With a canvas, it’s difficult to use an eraser. Yet, each and every picture appears perfect. As if the mistakes don’t matter. Wonder why? Because they don’t. Each mistake still builds the picture. The slight shading on the side of the nose if for you, for a hardship that you survived. Now imagine, that this is how God sees you. As a masterful picture.

No matter what happens, God loves each and every picture. God doesn’t need a reference, for you are the unique end result. The one who made you, the one who is shaping you, and the one that will complete the picture, for this is our Lord.

“I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you.” Genesis 17:7

“You Will Be Found Dear” Evan Hansen cover

You Will Be Found – Malinda Kathleen Reese (from Dear Evan Hansen)


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