Life from the rear-view mirror

I’m going to paint a wall this morning… Vol 5

March 9, 2013 | Comment

I volunteered to paint a wall at my office. Yes just one wall. This wall will be a different color than the rest of the walls…on purpose. It is designed to draw attention to it. It is called an accent wall. It is no better or worse than any of the other walls, but because we have chosen to treat it special…it will be noticed more. People will comment. “Oh I love the color you’ve chosen” or they will say nothing and change the subject. Maybe they will make a suggestion as to what color we should have painted it. Some will wonder why we painted it at all…and some will never notice …ever. Some just don’t care.

I suppose if the wall had a say here, it might wonder “why am I the one who has to be different?” I was completely fine in beige and now I’m all green and stuff” “I don’t fit in anymore!” or it might say “this new green color rocks! I’m really going to get noticed now”

Well as soon as I take my morning meds I won’t be talking to or about walls…but while I’m still mildly neurotic 🙂 , it seems to me that God paints the canvas of our lives differently every day with purpose and on purpose. We often call this paint circumstance…I tend to see this as God’s will…an act that is intentional and loving. For those of us who recognize his handiwork, we want the world to see God at work on us. But some of us will struggle with the colors God has chosen for us. We get upset. We spend a lot of time fretting about why he chose “that” color and wonder how other people are seeing it on us. Will they like it…will they think God should have used a different color, a different brush? Or…will they even notice or care?

Own the color God painted you today! Rock it! Wear it as the gift from God it is. A unique statement about who you are and maybe what you are going through…and then tell anyone who asks. Over the last five and a half years of my life God has painted me in some very dark colors…and 4 months ago I got a glorious re-paint. I love the color!

God has plenty of paint and he is not afraid to use it.

I’m a huge Bruce Willis fan. A couple of years ago he was a guest on the David Letterman show. He showed up dressed in a Day-Glo orange business suit. Not a jump suit…a business suit. He actually bought the material and had this tailored to fit him. All for a splash and a laugh. To say that he “stood out” was a wild understatement…but no one could help themselves…they had to know about the suit.

I know that as God paints your life canvas today. you may or may not like the color. And God is OK with that.  But don’t stop loving the artist. There are brighter colors coming!

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11


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