Some time ago, God revealed to me that He is a big picture God and that He is equally detailed too. Why should this matter? Because for us to see the bigger story in our lives, we need understand the bigger picture and the bigger purposes of God in our lives.

Time frames our lives, and the images we paint on our life’s canvas will reflect one of two things when we come to the end of our lives here on earth; Christ’s image, or our own self-portrait.

God once showed me my life canvas surrounded in a beautifully designed and detailed frame. Looking to the left, I saw I had created a massive, offensive and indescribable mess. With my eyes, I followed the brush strokes on the canvas that led directly in front of me. As I attempted to continue looking right, my head and eyes could turn or look no further. But what I saw in my peripheral vision was astounding- a pencil sketched design with patterns. I couldn’t see the details, but I knew it was God’s future plans for me all drawn out by His hand.

God has plans sketched for each of us (Jeremiah 1:15), but it’s up to us to either follow God’s plans- which reflects His glory or follow our own that reflects our random choices. We each have control of our paintbrush but we must allow God to guide our hand so that His plans and purposes can be fulfilled.

Imagine this- when we are obedient to God’s directions He guides our hand; our paintbrush. And when He chooses to incorporate various techniques and colors, and add fine-brushed details to accomplish His purpose on our canvas, we submit our hand to His will. When we maintain a flexible hand and heart through time and experiences, we avoid becoming hardened and stiff. Imagine how we will then see our big picture life reflect the very image of God and His story… and His glory.

It is through faith and trust that we let God be God- the Master Creator. He is faithful to complete the work He’s begun in our big picture.

Our bigger life story is only found in God’s story.

Are you ready to surrender control of your paintbrush and let God guide your hand in the big picture of your life? Imagine what it would look like if you did….

“… because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:5-8