I took the broken pieces of glass and pottery - carefully choosing colors that would match my design. I started with something small and simple - a dragonfly. Emerald wings against a sapphire sky sparkled but something was missing. I tediously glued each small piece onto my project and when I was finished, there was one more element that was needed to tie the art together - grout. There are different colors of grout, but I chose the jet black to offset the bright colors of my design.
The grout filled in the spaces between broken shards of glass to outline each brilliant color and set the picture in a perfect frame.
"In our lives the darkest times, the days that are bleak and black, add depth to every other experience. Like the dark bits of color in a mosaic, they add the contrast and shadows that give beauty to the whole, but they are just a small part of the big picture."
~ Amy Grant~
Mosaic: Pieces of My Life so Far
Without contrast, there is no depth. My heart longs for a world filled with bright cheerful colors, but God desires more depth for me than that. He is piecing together my life one broken shard at a time - right now it might look like a jumbled mess. Just a bunch of broken pottery. But when He is finished, it will shine brilliantly. And the grout - the grey and black days will only be the outlines around the bright colors of grace, hope and truth.
"Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life..." Philippians 2:14-16a
In my life and in this world, there is darkness - sin and pain line everything I do and see. If I can hold on to the Word (who is Light), then I can shine out like a star in the darkness for His glory. The stars don't shine during the day though - they only shine brightly in the darkness. So, I must be willing to live in the darkness of this world (for now) and grip His Word, to add depth and color to this dark place by His grace.
Darkness is not beautiful on its own - but God has a way of using even the darkest moments to make life beautiful. Joseph knew this when he told his brothers (who had sold him as a slave to the Egyptians) that God used their evil acts for His glory. God takes the dark things and allows them to outline the glorious things He has done for us and in us.
I can't wait to see what this piece of artwork will look like when He is finished. I'm watching Him choose each colorful piece and wondering how that will fit in to complete the whole. He is a master artist and I eagerly anticipate the completion of this project. It will be amazing.
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