Greetings everyone. Rob here.
Sometimes we need to step away in order to see beauty. I’ve just come back from 5 nights in Australia’s biggest city, Sydney. The two most famous landmarks in that city are the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. When you see photos of those two iconic pieces of architecture you know exactly which city you are looking at. On Monday evening Kiley and I walked across the Harbour Bridge and took in wonderful views across Sydney harbour. The bridge, however, was a mass of steel girders, concrete, barbed wire and a lot of traffic. In the middle of the bridge you don’t see a beautiful bridge; you see functional ugliness. I didn’t go inside the Opera House but I was close by it on a number of occasions. The Opera House is noted for it’s unusual design which resembles shells standing upright on a beach. Close up these ‘shells’ appear random and the colour of them an unappealing beige. However, when you’re flying over the city or coming back to the city after a ferry trip or soaking in the views from Taronga Zoo across the harbour and the beauty of those structures emerge. They truly help make Sydney a beautiful city.
Sometimes all we can see in our lives is the blood, sweat and tears. We see the ugliness and the scars. But in order to see with the eyes of the heart, that is from God’s perspective, we need to take a step back at times and ask God to reveal to us the beauty of our lives. Ephesians 2:10 says:
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus so we can do the things he planned for us long ago (NLT).
You are a masterpiece and God is working in your life so that it reflects who you really are. That means when you see through his eyes you will notice that he redeems every experience, heals every wound, forgives every sin and matures every unripe part. I know. It doesn’t FEEL like that right now but learning to see through the eyes of the heart is to learn to see what God has done and is doing in your life. He weaves every thread into the tapestry of your life. He uses every colour to draw out the glory that he has given you and every broken tile to create his glorious mosaic.
Our job now is to trust the artist. The ugliness and brokenness we feel is not what the artist sees or believes about us. His work is under assault but the artist is stronger than any assault or accusation. You can’t escape the artist’s beauty. It is everywhere. It is in you and in your life right now. But we need the eyes of our heart opened in order to see it and the enemy of our hearts is trying to prevent that from happening.
When you’re feeling stuck, bogged down and busy beyond belief, feeling that it’s all up to you, that is the enemy trying to narrow your vision. He’s keeping you stuck on the bridge or staring at beige tiles. To respond we must intentionally and passionately make space for God in our lives. 5 minutes watching a sunset or looking at stars is a good start. Half an hour in the hills is better. You can combine that with God’s Word in your heart and a song on your lips, or you can pursue silence and stillness. Maybe you need to work with your hands or open the Bible and just read. We need to make space for God. He is with us, in us, ahead of us and for us. Be passionate and intentional. Ask for his help in creating that space. Stand firm against the enemy and live by the Spirit.
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called – his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance (Ephesians 1:18, NLT).
Grace and peace everyone.