My friend and I entered unknown territory when we arrived at a paint night. I am definitely not an artist but looked forward to a new experience.
The instructor was someone I knew so I felt comfortable she’d be supportive and encouraging and not critical of my lack of ability.
When the class started we were given basic instructions and options to choose the type of painting we wanted to complete. What? I thought we’d be told what to do and how to do it and wasn’t prepared to make decisions.
We were told not to worry about our mistakes; they could always be painted over. I did this several times.
At one point I ended up with a big blob of paint on the canvas. My attempts to fix it just made things worse. I thought my picture was ruined. The instructor showed me how to remove the unwanted paint. I was surprised that such a big mistake could be redeemed.
The paint night experience was a good analogy of my life with God. Every day I wake up with a clean canvas. The Lord provides the paint and brushes and sends me out into the world to make a masterpiece for him. He doesn’t force me to make certain brush strokes but grants me the freedom to choose what I will create.
The Lord redeems my mistakes by showing me how to paint over them with something better. With the creator of the word instructing me, my life can become a masterpiece.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1 NIV)