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Aug 08 2014

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Five Minute Friday: Fill

The word for Five Minute Friday today is fill.

Fill

I fill this canvas with the colors that feel right. Is that the right way to put it feel right? The colors come, and I don't know what I am trying to make. In time, the flower forms. That may be my default, a flower. I don't even know what kind of flower it is. I like it, and it's pretty.

It reminds me of how God fills the canvas of his plans and purposes. Except, that he knows what is right, and he knows what he is trying to make. The pieces form a beautiful picture. It's not a picture of a flower, but a picture of faith and character. The reds of pain and grief have been filling my canvas recently. Two funerals in a month wear on my heart. But the canvas of deeper faith mixed with the beauty of his comport cannot be compared with the blankness of ease and comfort. The deeper colors come with the struggle. I don't ask for it, but it comes. It fills. My canvas feels filled now, but God is not done. He finds a way to expand my canvas. And, at the same time, he is fitting my picture within his grand canvas of glorifying himself.

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Five Minute Friday

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.

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  1. Andrea

    I like this. I’m not an artist at all (I craft at a preschool level), but I am always in awe at the amount of depth that goes onto a canvas. I was at a conference last year where during one session a lady from our church painted on the stage. I don’t even remember what the session was about, I was so enraptured watching her take what looked like random brush strokes and turn them into a work of beauty. Like He does with us.
    Andrea recently posted…Five Minute Friday: FillMy Profile

    1. Cheryl

      Thank you for visiting. I love to dabble in the artsy world, but I don’t consider myself an artist. I, too, am amazed at what people can do with a canvas.
      I have seen artists paint during a message too. What’s so cool is that during the process, it doesn’t look like anything. And suddenly, with one more stroke, the picture appears beautifully. Still, the imagery with the canvas God is painting is like that. (Although some of those strokes of understanding might not be visible until eternity.)

  2. Lisa M

    So brave to start a canvas and not be sure where you are going…and FUN too. I am glad God knows exactly what He is doing as he is finishing me up….with lots of those deep colors just like you. Beautiful post. Stopping by from FMF.
    Lisa M recently posted…Five Minute Friday – FillMy Profile

    1. Cheryl

      Thank you for stopping by. The canvas I used was a digital one–less risky than the real deal, but I would like to do some real painting.
      Yes, God absolutely knows what he is doing.

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