When I was little, and I received a new coloring book, I would always search through the pages looking for all of the connect the dot coloring pages I could find. I have no idea why I loved them so much. Maybe it was the sense of accomplishment at the end when I could see the picture that *I* had drawn. Maybe it was because I wasn’t much of an artist and I loved that I could simply connect the dots and draw a halfway decent picture. Whatever it was I can still feel the excitement I had back then whenever I saw a blank page full of dots and numbers just waiting to become my special little masterpiece.
I think I’m definitely at a time in my life where God is playing real connect the dots with ME. I know at the end of it all there will be a beautiful masterpiece, but right now I just can’t tell what that masterpiece is. I feel a bit of excitement going from dot to dot wondering what it will be. But I have to say real life connect the dots is a lot harder than paper connect the dots. Going from dot one to dot two can be painful sometimes. Then my impatient self is tired of going from dot to dot, I sometimes wish I could just draw my own picture, but unfortunately I am just not wired in a way where I can actually draw on my own. Then sometimes I try and hurry through each dot and I mess the picture up, miscounting, skipping ahead. Yes, real life connect the dots is painful. It is trying my patience and I often struggle with the thoughts that in the end there will be nothing to show for it.
You know how sometimes you will be in the middle of a connect the dot masterpiece and you stop and look at it and think SURELY you messed something up because it just looks like one big mess. But you look back at your work, going over every line and every dot starting at dot number one, and everything seems to be in order so you keep on connecting the dots. Oh the joy you have when you see the final picture, you realize you didn’t mess up. Maybe you begin to wonder why the person who created the picture made it so difficult, but then you forget about that because you can’t stop looking at your picture. Then you color it with passion and a steady hand, being careful to stay in the lines to not mess it up.
Sometimes in real life connect the dots we go back over some things to make sure we didn’t miss a step or miscount. Right now the picture of your life may look like one big mess. Maybe you can’t wait for the day for your masterpiece to be revealed. I know I can hardly wait, I think I am at a point in my life where I can barely stand the wait. But really all you can do is just continue on, going from one dot to another. Sometimes the One drawing the picture will go slow as to make sure not to miss a single dot, and sometimes They will go fast because it’s a straight line of numbers and dots. The thing is with connect the dots the one who determines what the picture will be is the designer of the picture. Whatever it is, I trust the artist of my life. Real life connect the dots, yes, that’s where I am right now.
No matter what Christmas was for us in the past, it seems like every year it has the opportunity, and the possibility, to be something completely different and brand new. That’s what Jesus brought with Him as He was born into this world; He brought with Him a clean slate, a fresh start, and something brand new to our lives and to our faith.
Today I invite you to come and take this imperfect advent journey with me to discover the beauty of the good and perfect gifts God has given us through His Son Jesus. Let us journey together to discover what those gifts are, how we can receive those gifts, and most importantly the importance of being a good steward of those gifts.