Simple paintings of vases with flowers, paintbrushes in a pot, oxen, cows, and cottages sat on the street with no one to buy them. Passed by onlooker after onlooker, year after year, he sold one solitary painting in his lifetime. Living a life filled with poverty, sorrow, and countless rejections, the artist remained unknown.
Today, his paintings are worth millions of dollars. Renowned by artists all across the world, he is the most acclaimed Dutch painter after Rembrandt. It was not until after Vincent Willem van Gogh had passed away that his work became well known.
Although this true story is not a very happy one, we can learn from its reality. As believers, it often seems as though the efforts put forth in our lifetime are not appreciated or noticed. Others may look at us and sneer because of our convictions, the way we share our faith, and the fact that we spend our lives serving One we cannot see. Despite the world’s criticism, we must remember that the Lord looks upon the heart and sees each soul reached with the gospel, each child encouraged in Sunday school, and every moment spent at church.
You may feel ordinary and over-looked like one of those early paintings. Friend, the ordinary is God’s specialty. It is the despised and unlikely whom the world would not revere through which God chooses to exhibit His power. You are a masterpiece in the making. When this world deems you worthless, rest assured, you will be priceless in Heaven.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.