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Your Life Picture Frame

Rev. Crystal July 23, 2014 0 comments
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There is a beautiful gold picture frame on the wall. It has curvy ridges, a wonderful design, and looks sturdy. As you walk closer to the frame you look for the picture, but all you can see is a blank canvass. For a minute, you find this blankness or emptiness unsettling. Shouldn’t there be a picture in this frame? Where is the story? Why is the frame surrounding a blankness? Why does it feel empty?
Sometimes, this is how I feel. I feel like there is a blankness, and I can’t see the full picture. It feels empty. I imagine my dreams and see a picture in the frame at times, but it seems to constantly be changing. One moment I feel like my life is heading in one direction and then the next moment I am painting a different life picture. The story is always changing. It often feels unsettling.
As a young woman I am a dreamer. I want to tell you a story. I want to take the frame, be a visionary, and create a masterpiece. This creativity comes from God. I want to take the frame which surrounds your life and fill in the blank empty white space. I want the blankness to be gone, because if it were gone I feel like I could trust God more. The lesson however is that God works in the blankness and feeling of emptiness, and is secretly creating a masterpiece we often cannot see. God takes the blankness and uses it to create. In actuality, the blankness is good.
It is in the blankness of the frame God teaches you to trust the plan he has for your life. When you do not know the story of the future, you must be in conversation with God. You learn to allow God to take the paintbrush and create the strokes. You learn how to let go of what you think is the best and perfect plan. You learn how to be in relationship with God, and learn the blankness is a part of the plan.
So, the next time you look at the frame and it looks empty, know God is still working. God is in the process of creating the masterpiece of your life and story. God can use every part of your life, whether good or bad to help you become the most beautiful creation. Ecclesiastes says all things are made beautiful in God’s time. Trust God, and know one day the picture frame of your life will be full. Beautiful radiant colors and shades will fill the frame. The picture will be better than you ever could have imagined. The picture will be a masterpiece, and every part of your story will make sense.
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About The Author Rev. Crystal Rev. Crystal Schmalz is a licensed minister in the United Pentecostal Church International, holds a Master of Divinity degree from Urshan Graduate School of Theology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities and History from Michigan State University. Crystal has served as a staff chaplain at Barnes Jewish Hospital, has completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, and is a member of ACPE. She served as a ministry staff leader for ACMNP in Yellowstone National Park and enjoys the beauty of God’s creation. She served on staff at Life Christian Church pastored by David Stephens doing outreach, guest coordination, youth leadership, Sunday school, and music ministry. She currently attends New Life Center pastored by Garry Tracy, and is involved in teaching Sunday school, preaching at nursing homes, teaching Bible Studies, and helping people connect to God and community. Crystal loves to spend time with her husband Luke, and her hobbies include writing, “thrifting,” eating ice cream, and playing Settlers of Catan and Scrabble with friends and family.

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