I don’t watch much television. There’s no specific reason except that I just never really have and lately if I do, I’m catching up via an app on my ipad. This is true to the point that I didn’t even think twice about just completely unhooking my TV and putting it in the spare room while rearranging to make room for Christmas decorations. However, when I do watch, I most often enjoy live competition type shows like The Voice or The Biggest Loser, etc.
This last season I also got pretty interested in America’s Got Talent. One of my favorite acts was called Blue Journey. It was a dance duo performing dances choreographed to match a changing projected background. It’s kind of hard to explain, but here’s a youtube video showing what I mean:
Each week it was incredible to see what their choreographer/producer/designer put together. I was reminded of that recently as I read a devotion that talked about walking in the light of Jesus. As I read that devotion I pictured this light leading me through each day… if I follow it and stay in that light, all the things that need to get done in each day, will get done and the things that don’t, probably didn’t matter much any way. Pondering this more later in the day I was reminded of this act from America’s Got Talent.
These dancers are amazing on their own. As the video clip says, one owns a dance studio and the other will soon be dancing professionally. They have the skills and experience to create their own dances. However, when they listened to and obeyed the man making the backgrounds and creating the whole big picture, the dance became even more beautiful than they could imagine. They would jump when he said jump or spin when he said spin, not because he was controlling and demanding, but because he could see the bigger, more beautiful picture. He knew what would make the audience pause in awe.
Ephesians 2:8-10 gives us a similar picture:
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
We are masterpieces and we were created to do works that God has set out for us… not because he wants to control us like a puppet but rather because He loves creating beautiful things. He loves those moments when our lives collide with others’ lives in a way that many might simply call ‘coincidence’. He loves to craft our lives in such a way that when we look back, we see that we would have never thought to do something that way, but it truly was the best.
He sees the whole picture of my life, of the other characters around me, of the world around me and He pieces it together perfectly to make amazingly beautiful things.
Often I try to depend on my skill or experience to dictate what steps I will take in a given day. While it may seem good at the time, perhaps it’s not the best and sometimes, it just looks flat out bad. But even then, Jesus comes and makes beautiful things out of my mess and calls me back to a life of simply walking in his light…