The Dots

Saturday, January 21, 2023
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Ephesians 2:10 – For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (NIV)

Many years ago, during a trip to Canada's capital city, Ottawa, I visited one of their fine art galleries. Among the many beautiful pieces, the only ones which have stuck in my mind were all by the same artist. Though I do not remember the name of the artist, I do remember the artist's style. He used black dots. His pictures were all created by dots — hundreds of thousands of tiny black dots — which in turn created a total picture. One dot or even a few dots said nothing. But all the dots put together in the right way said it all. I found it a most intriguing style.

The other day, when for some reason I was thinking about this man's style, it reminded me of God's style: His plan for all eternity which He is bringing about, one dot — or in God's case, one person — at a time. For each one of us is God's workmanship, and each one of us has been created to do good works in Christ Jesus, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Alone, these good works which we do may not attract much, if any, attention. But when the good work of each and every person throughout all of history is put together, I can only imagine the incredibly beautiful and intricate work of art that we shall one day be delighted and awestruck to see.

As we go about our day today, let's remember how significant each one of us is and how the work that we do for Christ impacts others. To us, it may not seem like we are doing much, if anything at all. But if we are seeking to live our lives for Jesus in all that we think and do and say, with His Word being our rule, then we can know that it all counts. For just as each dot of the artist's work was responsible for making up the whole, so too, it is with us.

Prayer: Father God, we thank You that each one of us is important and significant, and that the work that we do for You is important and counts in ways that perhaps we will never know or see before eternity. But You know and see it all, Lord, and You are weaving it all together to form a piece of beauty so spectacular that all the angels in heaven will rejoice at its eventual unveiling. We praise You and thank You for this. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Lynne Phipps <lynnephippsatlin@gmail.com>
Atlin, British Columbia, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks, Lynne. This is very encouraging.


    Thanks, Lynne.
    What an interesting comparison that each one of us is like those dots!


    Very intriguing concept of dots Lynne. For we are only but dots and grains of sand. Thank you and blessings.


    Dear Lynne
    The only response is a loud AMEN.
    Blessings.


    Dear Lynne,
    Thank you for your very encouraging devotional today. Each one of us have meaning before God.


    Thanks Lynne, how well put that we are all God’s dots and matter, when joined together we do make a difference in the world and do much good. Blessings.


    Very interesting. Perhaps it was either George Seurat or Paul Signac.
    Pointillism was popular.
    Shalom.


    Good morning, Lynn. I appreciate your writing and do believe what the Lord laid out a plan for us even before we were born. You are the workmanship of our Lord. Thanks for sharing.


    Lynne, this idea of integral parts of a whole also reminds me of being a “living stone”. Thanks for the reminder that God intends for us to be part of His ongoing work.
    Have a blessed day.


    Hi Lynne,
    Thank you for this message. When all the dots are connected, what a sight that will be! Your story reminded me of the artwork of the aboriginal people of Australia. Much of it features dots and it’s very impressive. I really like it.
    Thanks again for your devotionals. I always appreciate them.
    Blessings.


    Hi Lynne,
    You got me this time, as I think about Seurat’s work the same way.
    George Seurat is the pointillism artist today’s devotion refers to.
    I’ve read and enjoyed your contributions for years now and can pretty well tell in the first few lines when you’re the author of that day’s devotion, and then think: Cool, it’s Lynne writing today.
    Thank you so much!


    Many thanks Lynne for another of your very meaningful and thoughtful writings. Yes, it is truly amazing how God has created each of us so individually and given each one special abilities. It is special too that we can, and should, focus on others and enjoy the talents they have to offer. The Lord certainly has given you a great talent in your expressive writings and I always look forward to reading your submissions to the devotional program. Blessings as you continue writing and may you always enjoy “connecting the dots”.


    My Friend Lynne, I can’t miss thanking this message as it fits into my bank of memories that is endless. As I read your story I stopped to look to the right wall and am thrilled beyond!!! There hang 2 framed works of art done by my younger daughter that you would love. They are my parents from photos. It is the pencil “painting” that we rarely ever see. All of our kids are great artists in painting, musicians in singing, a variety of instruments, on and on. Music has always been our family calling.
    God bless you real good.
    (Ca.)


    Amen!
    I too have been amazed at the art from dots, perfect analogy.
    Reminds me of a sermon Rev Dr Jim Armour preached years ago – text was Romans 8:28. His analogy was a tapestry and as we journey through life we see life from the back side of the tapestry and can see all the individual pieces of yarn each thread being an experience. From our backside view it looks pretty chaotic and even ugly. Then at the end God flips over the tapestry to the right side and we see a beautiful picture that God created from our lives.
    Dots/ tapestry – message clear and so important to remember.
    Thanks, Lynne, for this reminder of such an important truth and hope.


    Good morning, Lynne,
    I have seen this type of art and it is truly amazing what can be achieved with the close of the dots are the distance apart to create the necessary shading. I am not an artist and I think this takes a lot of skill to achieve the end product. I also admire what people can do with cans of spray paint.
    It is a great analogy you make because all of us go through times wondering what God wants us to do and when we see someone doing miraculous deeds, we wonder what our small contributions help in some way. This is a great way of reminding us that we are all necessary. It is like when someone uses the parts of the body to relate that they are all necessary even the tiny pores or hairs.
    Thank you and praying you have a blessed day.


    COVID has separated us – the lack of fellowship, worship together, prayer together has been very painful.


    Good afternoon, Lynne.
    This is indeed a wonderful picture of God’s love and purpose for each one of us. It reminds me, too, of Diane Eaton’s devotional not long ago, in which she wrote of how God delights in each of us: these are amazing and wonderful truths for us to appropriate and live out.
    I have seen such paintings (I think the technique is called “pointillism”); I will think of your words every time I see such a painting now!
    Blessings.


    Thank you for your email, Lynne.
    I love the metaphor you wrote about the abundance of those little black dots!
    I found it to be quite delightful and it made perfect sense to me.
    It reminds me about many years ago when I heard all the birds singing in my backyard. Of course their harmonizing chorus was indeed a pleasure to enjoy, but all of a sudden there was only one bird that really stood out to me. Whichever type of bird it was, I did not know, but his singing was truly unique!
    He only sang one note! He didn’t feel slighted because he was different from all the other birds. He simply kept singing his God-given song, over and over, in obedience to how the Master Creator had made him.
    That listening experience really spoke to my heart. It isn’t complicated to live for our Creator. We simply need to do whatever He has deemed for us to do. He is the One who makes it possible for us by filling us with His powerful Holy Spirit. Chances are, we will not ever understand all His reasons as to why He has made us like He has, or, what everybody else calls, “the big picture”.
    But we can know especially from His powerful Word, that He loves us unconditionally and therefore we can learn to trust Him and to often walk by faith.
    Thank You Father that You are never the author of confusion and that without You, we can do nothing. The most important thing we need do, is to seek Your approval and not the approval of man as we use the gifts You have given each of us to accomplish Your will on a daily basis; even if we can sing just one note.
    (B. C.)

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