Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
When you have something that is brand new, are you most likely to use it or admire it?
What do you most hope for right now?
What are you willing to give up in order to get it?
Imagine opening a new box of crayons. Every crayon is sharply point, placed in the box in an arrangement that makes sense, ready to be used to create new things. They sit in rows, beckoning us to imagine the possibilities. They invite us to beautiful designs.
God is doing the same with you, right now. He does it over and over again. You don’t have to wait for the new school year, a new job, a marriage, friendship, or other relationship (except for your relationship with Him, of course!). He promises beautiful designs. He promises the fulfillment of hope. But we have to look at hope His way. He doesn’t fulfill what we most want. The “desires of our heart” that He assures us He will fulfill aren’t the things we dream up on our own. They’re what He has dreamed up for us. Even though we can’t see it at the time, we can trust that what He dreams up for us is much better than we could even imagine dreaming for ourselves. But we’re going to have to endure some suffering along the way.
Looking at the crayons in the box and leaving them unused isn’t going to make a beautiful creation. They need to be picked up and used. They’ll never be the same shape. They’ll never be uniform again. The tips will wear down or break. The paper will need to be torn. Sometimes, the crayons will break. If we could see into the future, we would open the lid of the box to find a bunch of miscellaneous remnants of crayons. Yet those very same crayons will have fulfilled a purpose. Are you ready to let God use you for His masterpiece? Find hope in how He can and will use you. The cost of wear and tear along the way is worth it. And you have His purpose to fulfill.
Live It. Pick up a crayon and look at its shape and imperfections. Write a short prayer with it, asking God to change you as He uses you. When you’re done, look at the crayon again, noticing any changes to it. You have held the crayon for a short time, but God holds you for eternity. Imagine the changes He can make in you as you trust Him to use Him for His masterpiece.