I started Perspectives class this past week, a class on the world Christian movement, and an illustration that stuck out was a picture of a mosaic. I’ve always loved mosaics, especially after traveling to Barcelona and seeing the work of the famous architect, Antoni Gaudi, who would use a lot of mosaics in his work. After interning for Nozomi Project, an organization taking broken shards and making something beautiful, I grew to appreciate and look for the beauty and detail of each individual piece. However, the thing about missions as a world Christian movement is that it is never just about one individual piece. As a missionary, I can so easily focus on myself, the details and design of how God made me, and be so concerned about my own story and my own purpose that I never come to realize that I’m actually part of a mosaic. Something far more grand than I could ever see or imagine. God’s plan for the entire world will always be more interesting, more beautiful, and more important than my own story.
What’s been particularly difficult about blogging is my own pride – worrying about what others think, how people will compare me to other, better, cooler, more interesting blogs…Remembering the mosaic really helps put things back into perspective. Does God have a story, design, color, and placement for my life? Sure! But it’s just a small piece of His masterpiece. I’m humbled that God allows me to be in the picture at all, and I’m humbled that even nine people (thank you, subscribers!) would even choose to read my small piece of the picture!