In recent years, through travel and studying abroad, I’ve been able to see some of the most amazing works of art and some incredible museums. The Uffizi, The Lourve, The Vatican and Sistine Chapel are just a few. Artists’ work including that of DaVinci, Michelangelo, and Donatello were just feet or inches away from my eyeballs. There are so many others, but I mean if it sounds like a ninja turtle, I’ve probably seen something they’ve done.
And y’all, it’s incredible. The paintings on the sistine chapel that just seem to go on forever, and the life-life statues in the Borghese Gallery look like Bernini carved them out of butter rather than a rock. It’s mind-blowing to think that someone could have created something so magnificent from nothing.
Then whenever time goes by, and damage is done, a conservator will come in, and restore the piece of art. A while back, I heard about a painting that took years and years to restore. It took way more time restoring it, than it did to paint it. (I don’t remember the name, but I would imagine this is common with a lot of paintings.)
It really hit me like it’s hitting you probably too. There are so many parallels. We are the masterpiece. We are the Art. God is the Artist.
I love knowing that I am God’s masterpiece. We are not his only creation but we are his best work. I love knowing that God took such care and put every part of my DNA exactly where it’s suppose to go. I used to always hear the word “Masterpiece” and think of Renaissance painters, but now I think about how i am a piece of my Master’s creation.
In Ephesians it says this:
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.
We are a masterpiece you guys. Not only are we God’s best work, but we were made to do good things! So many times I have talked myself out of good things because I did not feel like I was equipped, or didn’t think I could handle it. But God has planned GOOD THINGS for us to do and he says we CAN do them.
Oh and the restoration process! How many times does God restore us after we’ve experienced damage on this Earth? Over and over and over again he restores us.
He heals our broken hearts and tells us he loves us.
He lift our heads when we are down.
He gives us peace when we are unsettled.
He gives us strength to keep going when we think we can’t go any further.
Restore. Restore. Restore. Restore.
And what’s going to happen at the end of it all? Restoration in Heaven.
So the next time you hear the word “masterpiece” or see a nice painting, think of yourself and how you are God’s handiwork. Think of how people marvel and fawn over impeccable art. That’s how God is looking at you.
You are a masterpiece, made to do good things, being restored every day.