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Devotionals 2007-2008

Out of the Dust
March 26, 2007By Ed Wrather


But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand. - Isaiah 64:8 NKJV.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. - Romans 8:28-29 NKJV.

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. - Colossians 1:16 NKJV.

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. - Genesis 2:7 NKJV.

Scott Wade is the “Dirty Car Artist.” His masterpieces are drawn in the dust of his car window. His drawings are more than simply the words, “Wash Me.” No, his drawings are great works of art created out of only dust. He has drawn, for example, the Mona Lisa, superimposed over his drawing of Van Gogh’s, “The Starry Night.” He has drawn dogs playing poker and Bottelcelli’s, “The Birth of Venus.” To see these works of art created out of nothing but dust is to think that this is amazing, magnificent, impossible, fantastic…. Wade says, “I've always drawn pictures on dirty windows. It wasn’t a conscious decision to develop a new art form, it was just looking for art in everything.” You can view some of Scott’s works of art at dirtycarart dot com.

It is hard to imagine that someone is able use just the dust on a car window to create a work of art. I first saw this story on Fox News, and was amazed at seeing Scott transform dust into a thing of great beauty. After contemplating this for a moment, I realized that this is exactly what God does with our lives. God created mankind out of the dust. We are all made of the same material, as was the first man, Adam.

We are just dust, but God is busy working in our lives to transform us into His own personal works of art. We are the clay, and He is the potter. His hands are upon the life of every believer molding, shaping and transforming. God never lets anything be wasted in a believer’s life. It may be a horrific experience, but God will use it if allowed, to further shape, mold and transform. If we love God, and seek His will, and plan to be done in our lives; all is used to bring about the ultimate good, the ultimate work of art. The ultimate transformation, the ultimate in artistry for God is that we would be changed into, conformed to “the image of His Son.”

Yes, sometimes His hands upon our lives can bring pain, but if we submit to His will it will all be for our ultimate benefit. The dust will be transformed into a wondrous work of art and we will be like Him!

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