Monday was a very special day for me. I was blessed to have the opportunity to spend the afternoon with two very special children. Alli and Brennon are the children of my friend Jeni. I met their mom at Bible Study Fellowship when the kids were very young and that began a friendship that has blossomed over the years. I have become their adopted “Aunt”. The kids are now in 2nd and 4th grade and although I don’t get to see them weekly anymore, every time we get together, they bring great joy to my life. They enrich my life.
This week they are on spring break and we went to a pottery studio to paint pottery. It was thrilling to watch them decide which piece of pottery to pick and paint. Equally as thrilling was to watch the joy in their mom’s eyes as she saw them filled with excitement and anticipation. Eyes wide, big smiles, and joy to paint something they could call their own. The eagerness to choose a piece that they could creatively paint to their own design was beautiful to be a part of. (By the way, Jeni and I also painted and we were just as eager as the kids to choose something to call our own)
They each chose a bank to paint, Alli an owl bank and Brennon a monster bank. Each piece with plenty of room for creativity. (Jeni and I each chose an egg with a bunny on top for Easter) Once the colors were chosen, we all sat down to paint together. We encouraged one another, helped hold the pottery still while painting, and worked together to create a masterpiece. Lovingly and patiently we painted to create the vision in the eyes of the painter.
Oh, how this reminds me of our heavenly Potter. The Father who carefully crafted us in His image. Who takes the time to shape us, paint us, and encourage us as we are transformed into the image of the Potter. He fills us with individual characteristics that make us unique, a beautiful masterpiece, artfully created with love and care. (Isaiah 64:8; Jeremiah 18:1-6)
Just as I am an adopted Aunt, I am also an adopted daughter of God. (Ephesians 1:5 ; Romans 8:14-16) As a child of God, He is transforming me bit by bit to become a daughter who reflects the image of Christ. Transformation is not always pleasant, but now I have a new picture of the excitement and joy it can bring if only I would look with the eyes of a child. The joy to be painted by the Potter. To know He patiently chooses just the right colors for me and fills me with the right gifts for my unique character. God already knows what the finished masterpiece will look like and I get the privilege of seeing my life transformed right before my very eyes. But to see and appreciate the transformation, I need to remind myself to keep my eyes wide open like a child’s, seeing each moment as an opportunity to be created by the tender hand of the God who loves me.
Our art work will be completed next week after it has been fired in the kiln to set the colors and we will meet again to see the final masterpieces. There will be fresh joy and excitement at the unveiling as I get to experience life through the eyes of a child.
When was the last time you looked at life with child like wonder? How did it make you feel?
If you are a Christ Follower, in what ways do you see God gently molding and shaping you into Christ’s image?
If you don’t know Christ, there is no better time to learn more about life as an adopted child of God. This weekend you could attend church or you could begin by reading the book of John in the Bible.
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