[ More Than Conquerors ] And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. –1 Romans 8:28 (NIV)
If you were afforded the opportunity to own an airplane, what would you want the exterior to look like? The sky truly is the limit when it comes to paint schemes and colors. Well, if you are not certain, there are people skilled to translate the notes from your mental canvas into a picture perfect reality. While I worked in this industry, I saw some amazing work from every end of the spectrum. But out of all the paint schemes, the scheme that really stands out for me is the one that leaves a majority of the airplane unpainted.
The aesthetic quality of the polished metal on airplanes is simply breathtaking in my opinion. To obtain and maintain this lustrous look, it calls for “grit”. The condition of the metal’s surface determines the level of grit necessary to give you the look you desire. The metal surface can be paralleled with our lives. God has a predetermined goal for us as His finished products. We were all put on this earth to fulfill a very specific and personalized purpose. At birth our surface starts out with a taint in hue, due to original sin as a consequence of the Fall. With some life experiences, whether self-inflicted or not, they tend to create pits and scratches on our surfaces.
As we accept Christ as Lord and Savior, He begins to transform us into the image He predestined for us. Depending on our state during this acceptance phase, determines the level of “grit” He needs to use in order to restore us to the lustrous polished finish. Before the moment of acceptance, satan uses many of those experiences to wreak havoc or cause destruction in our lives. But God, in some miraculous way, uses those and other experiences as the grit that will restore us to His polished masterpiece.
Lord, help us to see life experiences, from the little annoyances to the big life altering encounters, as the grit that You can use to give us a polished shine that will never go dull.