Imagine for a moment that you are a child again. You have just returned from the store, where your mother just purchased a box of 64 count brilliant colored Crayola crayons You are especially excited, because you also have along with your box of crayons, a brand new coloring book. So, after you crack open the lid of the coloring box, you begin the most arduous task of choosing the right picture to color. As you skim through the pages, your eyes catch glimpse of puppy sitting on his hind legs, attempting to catch the butterfly that is ever so slightly near his nose. You slap your hands down on the pages of the book to flatten its form; then you pick up your new box of crayons and search for the first color crayon that will paint your picture and bring it to life. You choose the burnt sienna brown for the puppy, blue for his collar, light and dark greens for the grass, oranges and reds for the butterfly and sky blue for the crisp summer sky. as you color, you are careful to stay within each line and even outline each object in a complimentary darker color. Once the you have finished, you pick up the coloring book, holding it up high, extending your arms to their maximum stretching ability, you gaze upon the work you've done. Extremely satisfied with the results of your efforts, you tear out the page, unfold your legs from their Indian style sitting position and stretch your legs to prepare them for the wild dash you are about to take to the kitchen. You scurry quickly into the food sanctuary, where your mother, the queen herself is preparing your lunch for the day. As you reach out your right hand to tug on the tail of her blouse, securing her immediate attention, you proudly hold out your coloring page. While she reaches for your picture, a smile breaks forth on her lips and her eyes gleam with a radiant efflorescent sparkle that only a mother can display. "Oh how beautiful", she exclaims." For me?" "We'll put in on the fridge, so your dad can see it when he gets home." The picture hangs on the white background by four flower magnets. The two of you stand back, arm in arm gazing silently at the splendid display that you accomplished by choosing the colors, staying within the lines and outlining the objects with a darker complimentary color.
So, it is with God our creator and loving Heavenly Father.He has chosen the people that are in our lives, just as we might choose a certain color for an object on a coloring page. All the while he establishes boundaries that he has so carefully outlined within His Word for those relationships. His Will is to meticulously keep the circumstances within the lines of our abilities to cope and deal with what each relationship or situation may surface each day. Then together with our Lord, we can stand back beholding the great work He has done!
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