Loose Brushstrokes

I’m noticing the loose brushstrokes of  certain paintings and how, especially with large outdoor murals, you cannot discern the subject until you step far away to get perspective. Close up, it’s disorienting and hardly beautiful. Far away, it’s gorgeous and clear. You see how every piece fits.

I remember that discerning God’s work in our own lives (and in the lives of others) requires a special vantage point of time and perspective. We won’t see the full picture. We won’t see the miraculous beauty of what God is shaping till we’re far into the future.

In the meantime, we see the loose brushwork and trust, with eyes blessed by faith, that God is making the masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10).

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