“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
I started, and made a big mess.
It would be pretty silly to leave it like this, wouldn’t it?
I mean, it’s not useable in its present state. It is not pretty. It is not functional. It is obviously a ‘not yet’.
There is some progress. You can at least see the intent now. There is a defined path. There is an obvious purpose to the area.
But it is definitely a space under construction.
As I dig and labour under a hot sun, I am reminded of a beautiful truth.
I am a work in progress, too.
God dreamed me up. He planned my birth and growth and development. He knows I’ll be a work of art when the task is finished.
But I’m still under construction…
There are a few vital lessons to take away from this image.
1. I’m not finished. So I shouldn’t expect to always be, act, react, or respond as a finished product. I need practice! I need to show myself grace when I’m ‘not there yet’.
2. When I mess up (and I will!), when I’m discouraged, when things don’t go the way I hoped they would, I can remind my heart that God is committed to finishing what He started. He won’t just leave me all messed up without shaping, defining, and beautifying me.
3. I am under construction and need and crave your mercy and compassion on my hard days. I will grow and develop skills and sensitivity as you allow me the space and time to practice.
4. As you show me compassion, I am freed up to remember that you are also under construction. I can choose to show you grace when you fail if this truth is firmly anchored in my heart.
See, we are all just like this new flowerbed in some ways. We have so much potential. But we are all a mess. It is only as we allow and participate with God’s design for us that we reach that beauty that was in our divine blueprint all along.
We are all under construction…
Show yourself (and others) mercy because of our unfinished state with me?
Father, how refreshing it is to remember that we are simply unfinished masterpieces in this life. Remind us to show ourselves grace when we fail, and to return to You for forgiveness and a reset when we do. Help us also to show this same level of grace to others when they fail. Thank You for committing to finish the good work You are doing in and through us. Amen.