A Beautiful Mosaic
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Mosaic artistry goes back as far as the 3rd millennium BC and is seen as one of the most intriguing forms of art that exist in human history. Mosaic is defined as the art of creating images with an assemblage of small broken pieces of colored glass, stone or other materials. In the hands of a talented and skilled artist these materials can be transformed into something beautiful. Each of our lives can be viewed as mosaic artistry because we all are made up of diverse experiences, and possess broken pieces that God can arrange into a masterpiece. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” God is the master craftsman and we are his work of art. This notion of being art verses damaged goods should change the view of our mistake filled lives. I preached a sermon a few years ago entitled, “God Fix My Broken Pieces”. The summary of that sermon is that life can deal us serious blows like a hammer striking glass leaving us shattered into several pieces. However, God can take those broken pieces, put them back together and heal us just like a mosaic. The interesting thing about a mosaic is that when it is finished you see both the image designed by the artist, and the many broken pieces that make up that design.
Every work of art starts with an idea that is sketched out by the artist. His vision goes beyond the fragments of broken pieces to what those pieces can become when carefully arranged. In our lives God, can and DOES use everything, both good and bad, for His good. It doesn't matter what it is, God will use things in our life that look bad and arrange them for good. We hear story’s daily of individuals who overcame bad circumstances and devastating situations to do great things in our world.
One of the most influential persons in my life was Mary Francis Wilcots. She was a life member of the church my father served as pastor for 25 years. Sis. Mary, as she was known, was an amazing woman who early in life had been in an abusive marriage and never had children. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the end of her story. Sis. Mary spent most of her adult life on dialysis and also had leukemia. She definitely had her share of difficulty. Despite everything she had experienced in life, Sis. Mary committed herself to God, to the church and to helping others. She was an amazing Bible teacher and a great example of Christian living. God used her to impact the lives of young people like myself, not only at our church, but also throughout the community. God took the fragments of her broken relationship and physical suffering to create a beautiful example of faithfulness. This is the power of the human mosaic.
Erwin McManus was inspired by mosaic artistry, so much so, that he named his Los Angeles based church Mosaic. When asked why he chose the name, McManus said, “The name of our community comes from the diversity of our members and from the symbolism of a broken and fragmented humanity, which can become a work of beauty under the artful hands of God”. Now let’s be clear, not all brokenness eventually results in a mosaic. The key is that the broken pieces of our lives must be placed in the hands of God. Without God’s intervention our lives will continue in a heap of disorganization. J. Moss, a contemporary gospel artist recorded a song entitled, “Lord Rebuild Me”. The message of the song is a plea for God to take the broken pieces of our lives to rebuild us into His desired image for our lives. If we all look at our lives currently, some will see only the broken pieces, some are experiencing the gathering process and others are feeling the formation of the design. No matter what stage of the creative process we are experiencing as long as we are in God’s hands we are assured that the end result will be beautiful.
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