Sunday, February 14, 2016

"Broken Colors"

"Broken Colors" By Mary Owen, Celebrate Recovery National Training Coach- Feb 8, 2016

"For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." Eph 2:10 NLT

I came across this famous painting by Claude Monet calledImpression: Sunrise. The picture portrays the early morning sun rising over a small rowboat and other boats in a foggy bay. Monet’s painting has been celebrated as the symbol of the Impressionist Movement in art. What I found fascinating in learning about it was the term I discovered called “broken color.”

This style first used by the Impressionists during the 19th century in French painting came from using short strokes instead of carefully blending colors and tones together. The results turn into a patchwork effect where it appears that light is mixing in with the objects and colors in the painting.

I love thinking of how these broken colors produce amazing works of art. In a way that’s a beautiful metaphor for what God has done through Celebrate Recovery. Millions of broken people have walked through those doors with their own unique shades, often dark and hidden in the shadows and unwilling to be put under any kind of light. We’re all part of the most amazing Impressionist painting ever created. God uses our broken lives and puts it on a canvas without changing our colors. Each of us brings our own unique stains. Yet when viewed as a whole, the final piece is a beautiful rainbow of intense hope.


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