Hear the word on the Lord in a parable:
As the boy watches, the Painter started to
paint his picture. He used the colors blue, red, black,
green, orange, purple and many other different colors.
For some colors he mixed colors together to come up with
a different color.
Finally the boy said to the Painter, "What are
The Painter said, "I can't tell you right now, but just wait
The boy first saw a burned out building being painted. As
the Painter continued to paint, the boy saw a second
building, a newer, much larger building beside it. The boy
then said to the Painter, "I see two buildings, one that has
burned down, and another newer much larger building beside
it. What does the painting mean"?
The Painter then told the boy, "I knew the person who owned
the building that burned down. After it burned down he
didn't know what to do. Finally he rebuilt a new store. The
new store was bigger and better than the first store that
burned down. He also made seven times more money with the
new store than he did with the first store. The burned out
building, that was at first a disaster, turned out to be a
"For I the Lord and the Painter, and I paint different
colors into your life. Glorious colors, beautiful colors,
colors you have never seen before. They are one of a kind
colors, colors only for you. In the beginning some of the
pictures didn't seem to make any sense to you, until the
painting was completed. Then you were able to see the big
picture of everything I was doing".
"Remember Joseph, it was not a mistake, but my plans for him
to be sold as a slave, put into prison and then tell Pharaoh
what his dream meant. Finally, Joseph was made the second
ruler of Egypt and saved his family, the people of Egypt,
and the whole world from a famine. What was meant for evil
against Joseph and you, God has meant it to be good".
The Painter: God
The Boy: Christians everywhere
Painting pictures: things that happen in
our lives, both good and bad
See Genesis 41: 56-57; 45: 4-8; 50:20