by: Joan Meyler
Last Summer I had occasion to visit Morocco. One of the things my companions and I did was to visit a place where pottery and mosaics were made. In this artisan market, white clay was being used to fashion bowls, plates, everyday utensils as well as decorative items for the home. I was amazed by this process as I watched artisans take lumps of clay and turn them into items ranging from simple containers to the most delicate and ornate objects I had ever seen.
As I moved from one area of this market to another, I came upon an artisan creating a mosaic. I was amazed to see that these designs were created upside down! The artist created a masterpiece by looking only at the back. The part that was without color or pattern. It was only when the object was completed that anyone saw the front!
“How could this be?” I pondered. “How could this magnificent work of art be created without looking at the design as it was being created? Why not monitor his progress along the way?”
I was told,” the artist learned the craft as a small child so he instinctively knew how his creation should look.”
“But what if it when he looked at the finished product it was not what he had envisioned?” I further questioned my guide.
“At that point, the piece is broken and put back through the process until it becomes what the artist envisioned,” she said.
This resonated with me. It occurred to me that just as the artist was creating what would be considered a masterpiece at its completion, so are we fashioning a masterpiece with our lives. We learn from our guides and teachers to create a life we envision (Proverbs 22:6) Each tile placed in the object represents a choice made in our lives. At the time you made the choice, you had no idea the effect it would have on your life or the lives of others. Some effects were as you desired, others were not. They forced you to reconsider (repent) and seek help in correcting the offense. Just as the artist must destroy the offending piece, so must we see the flaw in ourselves, our relationships and correct it through repentance.
Repentance is painful. It forces us to look at the ugly parts of our souls and admit that we know less than we thought; are less than we believed and cannot change ourselves on our own. We must submit to the one who makes all things new and be willing to allow ourselves to reflect His handiwork. Our relationship with the Divine Artist allows us to be remade into the perfect piece for the place we hold in His kingdom here on earth.
What would you like the mosaic of your life to look? What do you need to do to make it so?