Fresh Hope – 21st March 2019

On the 25th of October 1881, Pablo Picasso was born. He would become the artist of 1,885 paintings, 1,228 sculptures, 2,880 ceramics, 2,000 drawings, many thousands of prints and numerous tapestries and rugs. Out of the world’s 50 most expensive paintings, seven of them are his. His most expensive selling for 179.4 million dollars. 

The day Picasso was born it was believed that he was a stillborn. The birth was long and difficult. He came out not breathing. The midwife declared he was dead. It wasn’t until his uncle, a doctor, believed there was more life in him, blew some smoke in his face that he then woke up to life, coughing and screaming!

Had people accepted the midwife’s declaration that he was dead, we would not know of a Picasso today. All his works would not exist. The creativity, colour and life that he embodied would have never been birthed. It would never have had a chance. 

What in our lives do we declare dead when God says otherwise? There may be gifts, abilities, relationships, health, hopes, dreams that we have concluded are dead, and gone. But God doesn’t.

The heart of God is always restoration, redemption and resurrection! He told us that he came to give us LIFE and full-life! (John 10:10). Jesus in his death on the cross could have appeared in his finality. It could have looked like death had overcome him, but in fact the story was not over. There was more. Jesus would overcome death itself and rise to life!

Are we shortcutting the work of God by concluding that things are finished, when they are not?  There is more life than we can imagine waiting in the things we have deemed dead.

Who are we to contradict the voice of God? Today, ask yourself which voice are you listening to? The voice of midwife? or the voice of the doctor?

Emma Burchell

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