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Topic: Art (01/18/07)
TITLE: The Chameleon
By Joanney Uthe
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About a month later, I stopped mid-stride as my eye caught a chameleon on the hall wall. Perfectly camouflaged amongst the branches and leaves, its long, pink tongue reached for its prey. My excitement soon matched that of my son on the day he brought it home. These brown and green scratches concealed a design, a picture; so masterfully crafted that I had not even noticed the camouflaged creature.
Sometimes my life seems to be dull, dreary shades of brown and green. Choices and circumstances leave me discontent. My life appears to have no direction or purpose. Looking at my son’s artwork reminds me that I do not always see the whole picture. Each moment is camouflaged in God’s greater plan for my life. “‘For I know the plans I have for you’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Just as the brown and greens are essential to the chameleon and his background, each seemingly mundane moment of my life is essential to God’s plan for me. God does not want me to throw away any of these moments any more than my son would have wanted me to throw away his artwork. Paul tells us in First Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” By taking my focus off myself and placing it on God, even the dull-colored moments of my life become essential, beautiful accents of the whole picture.
I may have seen the chameleon picture sooner had I studied my son’s artwork when he first showed it to me, instead of a casual look. I did not give it my undivided attention – my focus was somewhere else. When I take my focus off Christ, I become blind towards God’s plan for my life. “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:2)
I cannot look at the chameleon picture without seeing the chameleon or acknowledging the artistry involved. I believe that when God looks at me, He sees the whole plan for my life and the beauty that results from each trial I endure or little act I perform. All things, even my mistakes, He works for the good (Romans 8:28) and weaves them into the tapestry of His plan. He is the Master Artist and I, one of His canvases.
(All Scripture taken from the NIV Bible)
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