She was in her teens and felt as if she was on the “outside.”
Another was in her twenties and felt as though she was on the “outside.”
Still another confided once that she too felt as if she was on the “outside.” She was in her thirties.
The forty, fifty, sixty and seventy something women in my life have admitted over the years that they felt this way too. Outside. I assure you that you are not alone if you find yourself feeling as if you are on the outside, regardless of “why” you feel this way.
Outside. Locked out. Not welcomed.
I usually choose a subject to paint at random. When I see something that stirs me, I paint it. This door was much like that. To be honest, I chose it for the colors and quite frankly how it would look hanging in my house.
As I painted, God moved. You see, recently, I’ve felt like the one on the “outside.” It’s been something the Lord and I have been discussing lately.
As I painted, ” I asked, I seeked, I knocked.” (Matthew 7:8) He met me in the oil. As this painting unfolded, I was drawn into the message that He revealed.
“In one way or another, God makes sure that we all experience what it means to be on the outside, so that He can personally open the door and welcome us back in.”
Romans 11:30, The Message
Amazing isn’t it? He takes those moments when we feel as if we are on the “outside,” and recycles them so beautifully, to meet us where we are. Listen carefully in those “outside” moments. He’s whispering, “Welcome, come on in; you’re back where you belong.”
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