connect the dots, la la la la

Posted: May 3, 2010 in Christianity
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I’ve never been much of an Art History buff but Pointillism has always fascinated me. Its a painting technique where instead of actually painting an object, the artist gives the impression of the object using many small dots. One of my favorite scenes in the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is where Ferris and crew visit the Chicago Museum of Art. One of the images that has always stuck with me is where Cameron is looking at “A Sunday Afternoon in the Island of La Grande Jatte” by Gorges Seurat. He begins to look at the face of the little girl in the painting and sees that the girl is not really an actual girl at all, but many dots that give the impression of a girl.

Not too long ago, I was spending some time seeking God with our church leadership team and I was reminded of this scene. Yes, evidently God has seen Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. 🙂 I began to realize that God is a Pointillist. We Christians are not being asked to product some glorious, beautiful painting with our lives. We are simply called to be a dot.  Kinda takes the pressure off doesn’t it? As we grow in Him, we allow Him to make us the right color dot to achieve the overall picture He desires. We also allow him to place our dot in whatever part of the painting He needs us to be in. Then, He connects our dots and we, as a unified selfless mass of dots, can be seen by the world as the beautiful masterpiece that God has created.

When I talk about being the right color dot, I’m talking about being who God has called you to be. Color is an interesting thing. We perceive color when an object reflects light. In the same way, those of us who “walk in the light as He is in the light” should be reflecting Him in our own unique “color” that he has called us to be. You may be a red dot. I may be a blue dot. Thats OK – we need to be different color dots in order to properly reflect the full expression of the painting God is creating on Earth. Be the dot God has made you to be and allow others to be their own color. Who would marvel at a painting of a bunch of green dots? How boring! Walk in confidence with your own unique giftings and callings.

Once we get the color of our dot right, we also need to make sure we’re allowing God to place our dot in the right part of the painting. What is the “scene” God is calling you to be a part of? A dot by itself is just a dot. But a dot arranged together with other dots is how an image can be seen. Allow yourself to be part of something bigger than yourself. Now don’t get me wrong, I understand that the organized American church system is broken. No one should ever feel like they are simply a cog in the church machine that requires them to bear the burden of Christian service at the expense of their personal peace. But I also think there has to be balance. Stagnant water stinks.

I say we stop trying to be the whole painting. Just learn to be a dot – your dot. Don’t be afraid to be the color dot he made you and reflect Him your own way. Allow Him to place you were He needs you. Then He’ll connect the dots and can reveal to the world the beautiful masterpiece of Redeemed Humanity painted with the blood of Christ.

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