I enjoy various types of artwork, particularly one’s that are unique and different.
Some artworks appear ambiguous whilst they are still in progress. They often look a mess when it is not yet complete and so the beauty of the final masterpiece is not displayed until it is finished.
Once it is complete, and the masterpiece is exhibited, it is then easy to see what the artist was doing all along.
In the same way that an artist works and takes pride in their artwork, God works and takes pride in our lives.
We are ‘God’s chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession’ (1 Peter 2:9).
God hand-crafted our lives, our purpose and loves us dearly. We are His perfect masterpiece and He also has a master plan for our lives.
When we look at the story of Joseph closely, we see that God had a master plan.
When Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers, he would have never imagined how God planned to turn his situation around by first helping him to find favour with the Pharaoh. Things started looking up and going pretty well for Joseph.
However, again his world was shaken when he was accused of something that he didn’t do and was then thrown into prison for a couple of years.
… But again, God had a master plan and Joseph subsequently became prince of Egypt.
Although things fluctuated along the way, God turned the bad into good and the overall outcome for Joseph was good.
If our lives don’t go in the way that we expect, we must remember that God always has a masterplan in mind.
God can turn anything around. God can turn plans of evil for good. He can turn our sadness into joy, bad news into good news and a mess into a great message.
We go through many bumps in our lives, but in the end, we will always see God’s perfect plan be revealed.
We cannot even perceive what God has planned for us (1 Corinthians 2:9).
God tells us to not be surprised at fiery ordeals which comes on us to test us as though something strange were happening to us, but to rejoice as we anticipate the joy we will receive when God’s glory is revealed (1 Peter 4:12-13).
This means that we should not fret or feel defeated if things around us appear to fall apart. Tests and trials will not consume us because God is in control to steer us back into the lane for His master plan to be revealed.
God will never leave us stuck in a predicament with no resolution or way out. He can release unexpected blessings at any time which can dramatically lift our situation.
Regardless of what is happening today or in your current season, don’t allow it to define your whole life.
We don’t know what God is planning tomorrow. He will ensure that His perfect masterpiece will be completed in us. We are a work-in-progress.