Monday, August 11, 2008

The Brush

Life started out like a canvas
And God started painting on me
But I took the paintbrush from Jesus
And painted what I wished to see

The colors I painted kept running
And the objects were all out of size
I had made a mess of my painting
My way now seemed so unwise

So I brought my painting to Jesus
All the colors, the pieces so wrong
In the markets of earth it was worthless
But His blood made my painting belong

He worked with no condemnation
Never mentioned the mess I had made
Then He dipped His brush in the rainbow
And He signed it, the price has been paid.

When I gave the brush back to Jesus,
When I gave the brush back to Him
He started all over life's canvas to fill
When I gave to Jesus the brush of my will.

He worked with no condemnation
Never mentioned the mess I had made
Then He dipped His brush in the rainbow
And He signed it, the price has been paid.
Chuck Milhuff

Perhaps all of us at one time or another have taken the paint brush from God's hand. Or it may be that circumstances beyond our control come into our life and we think the picture is ruined when we see a sweeping brush stroke of black right down the middle. Rather than removing the ugly black stroke, God says, "Be patient my child" as He "dips His brush in the rainbow" and continues to paint. And what seemed so offensive and out of place, now actually enhances the picture and we see that it is more beautiful than before. Only God can do that!


Denise said...

Praise God, the master painter of my life.

Plant Lady said...

Wonderful! The Great Master of all "great masters" of Art!

Blessings Today~
Plant Lady

skoots1mom said...

i'm always amazed with the beauty he paints in the sky, especially his sunsets!

thanks or coming by ...
i took my bee picture on my butterfly bush in my front yard at the beginning of the summer...i loved how you can see the pollen on his back...he's a busy little bee!

From the Heart said...

A beautiful poem describing what our Heavenly Father will do for us when we give Him complete control.

There may be scars on my body but this poem makes me realize that God has made them beautiful. I won the fight with His help and am still here.

Deborah said...

What a wonderful poem and devotion!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

God must be busy on my painting. He's sure got a lot of "ugly" to make pretty. But I trust him with the brush. Only he is capable of such beauty.


From the Heart said...

Mary, Please come to my blog, I have a surprize for you.

Sheryl said...

Wow! What beautiful words. So glad HE holds the brush. Oh yes, I take it away many times, but ultimately it still belongs to HIM.

Thanks once again for being such an encouragement.

Love you-

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Oh, and let's not discount Fall. My favorite season of the year, sweet Mary. So much color and so much shedding. Both a compliment to the soul.

As to the ugly...come and sit with me awhile and I will tell you a story precious sister.

You are magnificently loved this night. I appreciate your winter and look forward to your spring.


Marilyn said...

Beautiful song/poem! A great reminder of what God wants to do in our lives!

May God bless you Mary!

Marilyn in Mississippi

debrah said...

I marvel at what the Master Creator can do to and through His Creation! You are so right what a mess we make when we take the brush from His hand...what a great post.
In His Love,

Coffee Bean said...

Your posts are always so uplifting and calming to the spirit at the same time.

Tracy said...

How grateful I am that He can make masterpieces from our messes! He's an artist like no other! Thank you for this beautiful poem, Mary!


debbiewhitlock said...

I love this! Its beautiful. I hope you don't mine me sharing with my friends.

Joyfulsister said...

Awww Mary I love this!!
The words just moved my spirit it is so beauitful. It made me start singing these words...

When I think of the goodness of Jesus and all that he's done for me, my soul cries our "Halleljah" I thank God for saving me.

Thank you sharing this. What a reminder that he uses our flaws and turns them all into a beautiful master piece. By the way Mary your a gorgeous 77 yr old!! Hugz Lorie

Charlotte said...

What a beautiful "picture" of what God can do with your life if you let him use the paint brush. Thank you for visiting my blog. You might want to consider joining us at Spiritual Sundays to share with other bloggers. Ginger of Enchanting Cottage and I just started this a couple of weeks ago. You can check it out at This post would be a wonderful post to share there.

Plant Lady said...

Yes, the flowers on my blog are black-eyed susans. I took a photo of them on my "birthday" trip to the mountains.

Have a great day!

Plant Lady

Deborah said...

Hi Mary, This is beautiful! I stopped by the other day, but didn't have time to comment. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I hope you'll come back and check out my book giveaway!

Lisa said...

Hey Mary! I just stumbled uopn your blog through a series of link-hopping. I find it so awesome that you have been married to your childhood sweetheart for 58 years. My husband and I were high school sweethearts and got married at 19. We celebrate our 12th anniversary at the end of August. It is great to meet you. :)

Plant Lady said...


Thanks for stopping by my blog. I enjoyed the funny story about forgetting your scripture and hiding it so well in your heart that you could not find it!

Have a good evening!

Plant Lady

Cheryl said...

Hi Ms. Mary,

What a lovely post. He is the Great Master! So thrilled we have HOPE!

I've had you on my mind this week. Hope all is well with you my new friend.

Thank you for your sweet comments from the other day.

I'm a bit slow these days, with learning the new job!

Have a great weekend!


Joyfulsister said...

Hi Mary..
I just dropped by to say hello and hope you have a wonderful weekend my sistah!!
Hugz Lorie

n2bgs said...

I have been searching for the poem The Brush for years!!!! Your website is the only place I have found it....Thanks for posting it. I had it as a teenager and lost it and remembered it months ago and have tried searching for it but to no availe. You know that nagging feeling when you lost something and you know you should be able to find it and can't? Well, I don't have that feeling any more!!!!
Thanks again!
Love your blog!!
Sheila, your sister in Christ