If you look closely, you can see this started with actual pieces of fruit in the background. What a silly. As soon as I did it, I knew it was all wrong, and it sat unfinished for a month. BUT, then I went in and learned from the lesson, was true to myself, and GOD, and let HIS words shine through–in the art, and for my life. I do like how that mix of color ended up working behind the verse. And more importantly Galations 5:22 is helping me figure out what God has planned for me in this next season. This list isn’t just a list–it is a set of directions. Have you ever looked at it that way? I never had, but when I did, it changed my thinking and my heart. I had plans–to paint fruit, to be a traveling speaker. Mmmhmm. And God is using this to remind me–Nicole’s plans did not result in the fruits of the SPIRIT, at least not all of them. My plans don’t give me peace, patience, generosity, gentleness, or self control. BAH.
God did not intend for us to only get HALF of His gifts, that would be a shame. He planned for us as Christ followers to attempt to attain all of them. He wants us to live in the fullness of Christ, through the gifts of the Spirit. THAT is God’s plan. And that is when I realized this was the road map to my future, this was truly a gift of the Spirit to lead me in my seasons. This was the gift of discernment I had been praying for all along.
Look at your current plans–those you have, those God might have. Now line them up with this list–do they correlate? Which ones? If they all do, praise Jesus you are on the right track you lucky duck! If not, maybe you are like me. We need to rethink how our plans, and need to follow God’s directions so that we can gain more of those Spirit fruits. Because I don’t know about you, but that list is pretty tantalizing. I crave that list. My hope is that you do too.