The other day Nathan came downstairs to the kitchen and said , “ mom, autumn asked me how do I draw so good. I said .. “well, what did you say ?” He said , I told her I stopped complaining about not being able to draw and started watching step by step videos on how to draw my favorite pictures.” Then a big smile was on my face … which only meant a lesson was coming from this.
I said , “that’s a really good life lesson you taught your sister by answering that way..” then I continued … “ isn’t it weird that when you used to draw a picture by looking at the finished picture beside it , you would get so frustrated and the picture would not look like the one you were trying to imitate? “ he said “yes” and I said “ you also realize that when you were doing the step by step videos you only got better when you FULLY followed the steps , even the ones you didn’t think was necessary .”
He then said “oh yeh , that’s true , I also started drawing other pictures better because I already knew the first few steps from the style of pictures I drew before , then I would get stuck and have to watch a video to finish the picture anyway because every time I have a new picture there is extra steps .”
By then I’m smiling even bigger …..
You see . God is the perfect artist . When we are saved we have a clean slate. God then takes us step by step through a process until we have the perfect picture he created for us. If we skip a step in that process , we quickly realize the picture isn’t turning out the way we intended. By then we either stop and give up, we get a new piece of paper , or we erase back to the steps where we messed up and continue drawing . See God can see the end result ( the perfected work of art ). He is also able to know the perfect steps necessary to get there, even steps that we would have never thought of ourselves .
Many times in life , like my son Nathan, I would take the steps that made sense and I believed was necessary to get to the final picture . I would also rush through a step believing I already knew better, only to find myself erasing and going back to the step that was absolutely necessary . Then I realized instead of skipping steps and rushing along , I need to follow the process, because in reality it takes a heck of a lot longer when you skip steps and find yourself back at the beginning .
I needed that reminder today and If you needed it too then, whew… I’m not the only one who likes to think I can skip steps and the picture still turn out perfect.
If you have found yourself skipping through the process , trying to find loop holes or an easy way, only to find yourself stuck . If you see that imitating the steps of others without the same result, because you know that is not the way God instructed you to do it . Then I encourage you to not lean on your own understanding and maybe back off from that project or whatever you are struggling with and realign yourself to the place where you may have went off on your own course like I did. Then allow God to show you the necessary steps so you can grow .
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”