It's a Colorful Life

. . . make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever.  Hebrews 13:21 (KJV)

We have a very complicated relationship. My computer's printer and I can make beautiful colors together when it wants to cooperate. Other times I am left with faded inks, a mis-matched color palette, or maybe even nothing at all.

Working in the graphic arts industry, I am constantly rushing to complete the next project. One night while working the wee hours, I was desperately trying to output the perfect rendition of what I had created on my computer screen. The printer had other ideas. While I kept asking it to print out the wonderfully vivid colors I had designed into the project, all it would give me was pale yellows and grays mixed with blue tints, which really messed up the look I was after. I tweaked the colors, I coaxed the inks, I tried everything to sweet-talk that printer into giving me all it had. But it just wasn't listening. I was ready to pick up that machine and throw it across the room. Surely it would never work for me again!

Then I started thinking how I make my relationship with God equally as complicated. He has designed a perfect plan for my life which He longs to see unfold. How many times have I refused to listen, spewing out pale attempts to follow that plan instead of the vivid workings expected of me? How many times do I mix in some shades of my own instead of following the specs of the Master's design? How many times can I fail to follow directions before I am given up on?

As I carefully reviewed my options, I decided to be a little more patient with my printer. I put my project on hold and steadily followed through the steps to re-callibrate the colors. Only after meticulously following that re-callibration process, the inks finally combined to fulfill my colorful expectations. I ultimately had a great project to present to the client the next day.

Dear Lord, please help me to give You the vivid colors you have planned for my life. Help me to stay focused on your perfect design instead of mixing in my own ideas. And thank you for the ultimate plan of re-callibration through Jesus Christ your Son. Amen.