Wow… What an incredible series we have been in these past eight weeks looking at the “Masterpiece Within: The World of our Emotions”.
As we discussed in the very beginning, emotions can be messy and scary. There isn’t a set protocol for how we will experience each, let alone a formula to deal with them. Thus, we often resolve to hide it all away or contain it in our brains, so the blank canvas remains.
Yet, we see through the study of scripture, God created each of us with emotions spanning every shade and color. So rather than waiting to explode and cover everything like the lava of a volcano, we must learn to face them head on with Jesus.
He is our constant in the chaos (Hebrews 13:8). Our anchor in the storm (Hebrews 6:19). Our rock and firm foundation (Psalm 18).
We don’t have to get caught in the currents of life. We must cling to Him tight. And bring it ALL… The good, bad, and ugly…Even the thoughts we’d rather not tell anyone about. Because our Jesus not only knows, but understands.
He has walked on this earth. He was tempted just as we are. He experienced life on the mountain top and in the deepest valley. And He longs to journey with us in our grief and joy. Shame and anger. Jealousy and fear.
Dear friend, He is near, no matter what color your heart may be bleeding today.
Still as we reveal our masterpieces within, it is going to be messy. Paint may be spilled. It might even come as out as a blob all mixed together. Therefore, we must be the first to extend grace to ourselves, in addition to others. We never know what someone may be walking through. The battle behind the mask no one knows about.
Thus, we must learn to show up for others and be fully present. We do not necessarily have to say or do anything or fix all their problems. Some days that may be beyond our capability.
Rather, it is more crucial to be “there” so others see they are not alone. Even in their mess, they can just be and you love them fully. Just as Jesus does. And in time, I promise you will see: He turns our messes into masterpieces.
Much love and prayers always, Alisha