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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Art (01/18/07)

TITLE: The Chameleon
By Joanney Uthe


“Mom, look at this!” The excitement in my son’s voice did not match the dreary browns and greens on the black the paper he held. Obeying his request did not reveal anything spectacular. My choice would have been to throw it away, but our rule is that the kids get to decide what goes in the hallway art gallery. I shook my head as he got the tape and hung his masterpiece.

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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Laurie Glass 01/26/07
You got my attention in the beginning here and held it. Your illustrations and your scriptures/points came together well. Well done.
Betty Castleberry01/29/07
I like the analogy you drew in this piece. This was enjoyable and well written, with a message to boot. Nicely done.
Joanne Sher 01/29/07
Great lesson nicely told! The analogy was perfect!
Chuck Livermore01/29/07
A great analogy of God's love and care for us. Good job!
Patty Wysong01/29/07
So Good! Well written with a wonderful lesson! I love learning from the every day things that happen to us. Good job!
Jan Ackerson 01/29/07
Wonderful object lesson! Very well presented.
Edy T Johnson 01/29/07
I wish I could actually see what you found in the little boy's art work! It sounds remarkable.

Jesus taught in parables, and so I love meditations drawn from real life. The story keeps the lesson lodged in one's memory for further reflection.

Then, just as the narrator discovered what she initially missed, the reader realizes the truth conveyed by way of the story. And so, the parable-writer's work continues to bear fruit.

Well done, friend!
Myrna Noyes01/29/07
This is a well-done devotional-type piece, and I really appreciated the message! You put your point across very clearly. Thank you!
cindy yarger01/30/07
Nice devotional. Good job.
Paul Servini01/30/07
Not only well told, this devotional has encouraged me.
Shari Armstrong 01/30/07
A great slice of life blended with a devotional - well done :)
Donna Powers 01/30/07
Very, very good. I loved the way you carried the theme through to the end. Good job.
Marilyn Schnepp 01/31/07
A very nice devotional, but told in an interesting and profound way. Makes alot of sense, and this was written very well for a Beginner. Keep up the good work - I enjoyed the read. Nice Job.
Sara Harricharan 01/31/07
This was very nice! I love the verse from Jeremiah, you worked both the message and the picture together very well. Maybe this would work for a Sabbath/Sunday school take home paper?