The canvas of life



So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalms 90:12 (NKJV)

The time we have the privilege of living, and which flows as a gift from the infinite grace of God, deserves intensity and passion. No one could know the day of his birth and we are not able to know the time when our days will know the end and existence will return to dust. Our life could in fact be assimilated to the canvas of a painter who must still be painted. Therefore, it is important to choose colors responsibly, modulating them according to expectations and existential perspectives. Our canvas (life or time) that we still have to decorate remains a gift bestowed by God and needs to reflect the Creator. At the same time, however, the painting should not exclusively reflect our image, otherwise it will be a self-portrait or a "selfie", an expression of the self that excludes the other. The apostle Paul tells us that knowing and living within one's limits is synonymous with wisdom: "For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known" (1 Corinthians 13:12 NKJV). Here is probably your canvas has been ruined, perhaps torn, rolled up and thrown away, and you didn't want to know anymore. He, on the other hand, has given you new life and has decided to do "a work of art" in you. Don't stop to consider the individual strokes. There will be traits and nuances that you don't like, but don't be hasty: the painter is Him. Various events and situations could suddenly obscure or weigh down the design that was coming out. Do not despair, remain confident because He has taken you to make it a masterpiece and when He begins a work he certainly completes it. Wait for your time, trust his ways.

We could look at the story of Job and remain speechless in an attempt to understand his existential framework and the way in which God painted it. Initially painting of love, social justice, solidarity, wisdom, self-esteem: a time without regrets. Then, all of a sudden, this wonderful existential painting, quiet and serene, was smeared with the death of children, the destruction of the company and personal illness. On these dark traits, his friends try to infuse him with guilt. Job, although unaware of the reason for so much suffering, declares himself innocent: "My heart shall not reproach me as long as I live" (Job 27:6). In this hazy fresco of dark and mendacious colors, marked by the silence of God, Job distances himself from anguish and the inability to grasp what was happening and in an act of total abandonment: "For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth;  And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God,  Whom I shall see for myself, And my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!" (Job 19:25-27). Not everyone is guaranteed a happy ending, but it is certainly promised to us in eternal life. For now let us join the psalmist and without sighing we declare: "I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, andthat my soul knows very well" (Psalms 139:14).

Devotional 26/2018
Weekly Bible reading plan

24 June Job 1-2; Acts 7:22-43
25 June Job 3-4; Acts 7:44-60
26 June Job 5-7; Acts 8:1-25
27 June Job 8-10; Acts 8:26-40
28 June Job 11-13; Acts 9:1-21
29 June Job 14-16; Acts 9:22-43
30 June Job 17-19; Acts 10:1-23

The 26th is the World Solidarity Day for the Victims of Torture and the International Day for the Fight against Unlawful Use and Illicit Drug Trafficking. We pray for those who are wrapped in these sweaters and for those who work to get them out.
On June 28, 1703, John Wesley was born, an English theologian, founder of the Methodism. In over sixty years of ministry he wrote over 40,000 sermons. His immense legacy remains a legacy to be rediscovered and invested in our theme.

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