Sunday, February 08, 2009
While We Were Still Sinners
By Ramone - January 30, 2009
I didn't know what I was drawing at first! And when the forms in the picture started coming together, the colors God was telling me to use didn't make sense! When I was finished I took one look and decided that this was just the UGLIEST picture I've ever painted!
It was so sick looking, so ugly, so un-beautiful, I felt like I hadn't heard God and must have been making it on my own without any inspiration, and that obviously the result showed how vain and far away from His Spirit my painting effort was!
But He brought me back to rest in His love... He reminded me why I was there (I was in a cafe praying for people in a difficult part of the city), and then He began to explain it to me:
"You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly...
God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Our sin is UGLY. And we resist Him ALL THE TIME, don't we! We fight Him, struggle against Him, try to assert our independence and more. So often we don't want to be helped!
But even in this ugly state, He loves us and reaches down to take hold of us! He sees us as infinitely precious! All we can see is dirt, but He has set His affection on us. He wraps us in His hands and says we are the desire of His heart!
I don't like the aesthetic ugliness of this picture, by my God, my God, I love Your love in this picture and in our lives! Thank You!!!