Scribbles are cute when a child is just learning to use a pencil or a crayon. I remember the excitement we experienced when my children made their first efforts at trying to draw. Their little scribbles made us beam with pride, every little mark was adorable. It was cute until they began to use the newly discovered talent to mark on walls, cabinets and closet doors. I would usually end up explaining the rules one more time and clean up the mess. But, if one of them began to scribble on the others paper the crying would start. It’s a major offense to scribble on your neighbors paper and my kiddos made sure the other one knew just how awful it was.
I understand, it takes a lot of thought, patience and effort to create something amazing and to have someone come along and mess it up because they want to make their mark…it’s frustrating. Wouldn’t it be great if scribbling was confined to toddlers? It’s not though. People continue to scribble well into adulthood. They just end up moving onto a much larger canvas called life.
The bible is full of examples of people who made a mess of things. The children of Isreal let fear cause them to scribble all over the dessert until a whole generation died off. King David let the desire of his flesh make a tangled up mess of things. Jonah’s stubbornness and rebellion created a mess and the list goes on.
Scribbles don’t have to be the end of the process. As my son learned to draw, every mistake and unwanted scribble meant a new piece of paper. But a seasoned artist, a true creator can make a masterpiece from a mess. We have a creator that is skilled at making something amazing out of scribbles and mistakes.
His portfolio is all around us.
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Romans 1:20
“Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.” Isaiah 40:26
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13
It makes no difference if we personally made a huge scribbled mess or someone else has scribbled all over the pages of our life, when we place our trust firmly on the ability and character of THE creator, we can rest assured that he will make a masterpiece out of our lives.
Many will acknowledge that God is able but when it comes to placing their trust in Him, really resting in Him, that can be challenging. Trust is an assured reliance on the character, ability, strength or truth of someone or something. We know we are trusting when we cease from striving and let our confidence settle securely in Him.
Proverbs 3:5-6 encourages us to, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” When are resting in that place of trust, we get to see God do beautiful things in our life. He can unravel and create even the worst scribbles into something we could have never imagined on our own. Trust is a key to your masterpiece.
Trust God when no one else is.
In 2 Kings 18:1-7 “When no one else around him was trusting God, he did. “Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. He held fast to the LORD and did not stop following him; he kept the commands the LORD had given Moses. And the LORD was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook. King Hezekiah received his masterpiece when everyone around him was going against God.
Trust God when you “got this”.
In 1 Chronicles 5:8-20 The Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh had 44,760 men ready for military service—able-bodied men who could handle shield and sword, who could use a bow, and who were trained for battle. 19 They waged war against the Hagrites, Jetur, Naphish and Nodab. 20 They were helped in fighting them, and God delivered the Hagrites and all their allies into their hands, because they cried out to him during the battle. He answered their prayers, because they trusted in him. These mighty men received their masterpiece because they trusted God above their own abilities.
Trust God when the pressure to quit is unbearable.
In Luke 22:42, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” Jesus, in the midst of the most challenging, pressure-filled moments of his 33 years on earth chose to trust God. Hebrews 12:2 tells us the result, “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Jesus received his masterpiece because he chose to press through the worst, trusting God, and now sits at his right hand.
We have a creator who is not discouraged, confused or hindered by what we consider a mess. All throughout nature and scripture His ability is on display. His ability far exceeds what we could imagine. His character has been proven over and over, he is trustworthy. He is faithful.
If you have scribbled all over your life and made a mess or if someone else has messed things up terribly, turn to God. He is a master at turning what looks like a mess into something amazing but it will take trust. He is able and willing. Trust him today.