Today’s Scripture: For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. 2¬†Corinthians¬†4:17

If God were an artist, He would have no leftover pieces from His artwork – He uses everything. A prominent cathedral commissioned a glass artist to create a stained-glass window for display in the sanctuary. As the artist set out to work on this project, he brought his young apprentice to observe and assist him. The artist had to cut the glass down to fit the dimensions of the window, so there were many small fragments remaining. The apprentice kept these pieces. When the artist had completed the window, the apprentice put his fragments together and designed his own window art. The results were nothing short of amazing, for all who saw the artwork admired his work more than that of the experienced artist.

God loves to use the ugly, unwanted “leftovers” in our lives to create a masterpiece. We might not see any value in these scraps. Others might not see their value. But God sees potential buried within each experience He brings into our lives. Like the artist’s apprentice, God saves every fragment and makes His own unique artwork from it. The results are nothing short of amazing.

Why did you lose your job last month? Why did your spouse leave you? Why does your mother-in-law have health problems? Why does your teenage daughter have back problems? Why were you diagnosed with cancer? I wish I knew the answer to these questions. I can tell you this: your experiences are not meaningless leftovers in the mosaic of life. God is saving those fragments you think you could do without so that He can fashion a beautiful portrait of grace. Don’t throw them away just yet.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.