A Life of Contrast

by | Dec 22, 2017 | Change, Creativity, Culture, Freedom, Gifts, God, Obedience, Promise, Vision. | 0 comments

God is about to bring understanding to the contrasting, and sometimes confusing seasons of your life. One season does not fully define you. The total must be seen in order for each of the parts to be understood.  

On my first visit to Madrid, Spain, I was invited to eat at Botin, one of the most famous and iconic of European restaurants. Some historians credit Botin as being the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the world. The food and atmosphere were exceptional. Ernest Hemingway mentioned Botin in his book, The Sun Also Rises.

The great Spanish artist Francisco de Goya, while still a young man developing his craft, worked at Botin as a waiter.  In those early days, he had no idea of the final destination of his art or the reverence it would create. On that first trip to Madrid, I was able to eat at Botin where Goya worked and then visit the Prado Museum to see his art hanging on the museum walls. I was struck by the contrast.

Some of you are living in a moment that does not resemble the final destiny God has planned for your life. Your day is coming. Stay faithful and watch the hand of God move on your behalf when you take each step of faithful obedience. Your life is being guided to an unseen destination. You may be in your waiter season of life, not seeing or even believing that a museum season could ever be possible. Amidst the clamor of a noisy kitchen and complaints from demanding customers, keep your ear tuned to the gentle voice of God as you wait the tables of your life. God is the Master Artist and He is painting a masterpiece with your life.

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10).


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