"The Whole Picture"
(©2006 By Bob Perks)

4-27-2006 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #388
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Welcome
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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds”].

This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Bob Perks

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Story of the Week
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"The Whole Picture"
(©2006 By Bob Perks - Bob@BobPerks.com)
 
I just didn't like it.  I was eager to see what it looked like and when I finally received a preview, I was greatly disappointed.
 
What did I expect?  If I knew what I wanted so why didn't I just do it myself? 
 
I can't.  I can do many things but I can't paint pictures.  I am no artist.  At least I have never given it a try.  Perhaps if I did I would awaken another gift that God had given me.  Then again, I might appreciate what she sent to me even more.
 
Art.  Beauty.  "In the eyes of the beholder."  I have a deep respect for those who can translate life to a canvas.  But I will admit to you that I have seen some pieces that I thought did not translate well at all.
 
Still, those who know better than I place great value on such pieces.
 
I looked again. 
 
"It's just too simple.  I could have done it."
 
I shook my head and clicked on the image to close it.  That's when I saw them.  
Words.  Now I can relate to them.  Words are the tools I use to communicate, to translate life.  I use words to create images, not on a canvass but in the mind of the reader.
 
But wait.  Not everyone likes what I create, either.  I have had people read my work and criticize it. 
 
"They don't understand.  They couldn't see..." I say to myself.
 
I re-read her note to me.  Then clicked on the image again.
 
"Oh, my!  That's perfect!"
 
The art now spoke to me.  I looked at it and I not only saw the message but heard it.  It made perfect sense.
 
"I'll send her an email to tell her."
 
My friend,
I will admit to you honestly, that at first I was disappointed.  It seemed all too simple.  I had no idea what I expected.  I clicked on the image, opened it and just sighed.
 
It was pretty but seemed not to do much for me.
 
But then I went back and re-read your explanation.
 
It hit me.  I needed to see it through your eyes.  The eyes of the one who created it.

 
What just happened here?  A wave came crashing over me as I read that last line. "I needed to see it through your eyes.  The eyes of the one who created it."
 
It was like God grabbed my heart and was pumping blood to my brain so I would pay attention to this.
 
This is exactly what I needed to learn.
 
My life at this very point doesn't make a lot of sense.  I feel like I am at a dead end again. 
 
I need to step back, step away from, remove myself from the image I have of my life and  "I needed to see it through Your eyes.  The eyes of the One Who created it."
 
I ordered a picture as a gift for a friend and in doing so learned to look at my life differently... "Through the eyes of the One Who created it."
 
I may not completely understand, but He does.  He sees "the whole picture."
 
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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.

(From:Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955 )

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        As an artist, I know that it is You who truly Creates and we are but Your willing partners

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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