“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” - Ephesians 2:10
For the past four weeks the KIDMO team has been sharing with the kids of Open Door about God’s creativity. This is truly one of my favorite things about God, and it has been an amazing four weeks! Four kids have gotten saved and eight kids have expressed a desire to get baptized! We have not just learned about God’s creativity but have gotten to see how it works in our every day lives, and in God’s bigger picture!
This past Sunday we ended our creativity series upstairs. As we closed out this series I am reminded of my senior year in college that I lived in a little apartment with my older sister, Amber. It was a small two-story apartment that was longer than it was wide. As soon as you walked in you were standing in the living room, which was open to the kitchen, and the stairs leading up to our bedrooms were right in front of you. When it came to explaining our décor in this apartment we fully embraced the phrase “broke college students”! It mostly consisted of friend’s furniture that we happened to end up with, and our sheet white walls were covered with posters. However, one of those posters always stood out to us among the rest. It was a photographic mosaic of a laughing Bob Marley hanging above our kitchen table. A photographic mosaic is where lots of smaller pictures make up a larger picture, that is only seen when you take a few steps back. This poster was one of our favorite things for two reasons. We loved how in the poster Bob is smiling so big that his eyes are nearly shut. He just looked so incredibly happy. Even though in reality I’m sure the reason for him smiling so big was not because he was so happy. We also loved this poster because of the simple concept of smaller pictures that can all stand alone but are creatively apart of something bigger. The shading and coloring of these pictures line up perfectly so that when you stand back you see the bigger picture. It’s nothing short of awesome!
Looking back years later, I think about how the concept is just like how God works creatively in the Church as a whole. We all individually make up our own picture. Maybe your picture would include family, friends, your love for the Lord, serving, your work, or maybe school. What makes up your picture–the shading and coloring–matters. God takes these pictures and creatively places them one by one together, each one as important as the next, to create something amazing: the Church of God. So that when people that are not yet apart of it take a look at the picture from a few steps back they don’t see Bob, they see the face of God. A God that is not just truly happy but truly joyful, filled with a love like no other, overflowing with compassion, and offering grace. Our awesome God not only has a creative plan for our individual lives but for us as a church. I am so excited to be apart of it!
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