[843 acres] A Designer’s Challenge

by Perryn Pettus

A recent article explored designer Ron Marvin’s transformation of a New York City apartment from a child’s playpen to a more sophisticated grown-up space. The article vividly described the interaction between Mr. Marvin and his client as well as revealed the frustration that arose during the course of the renovation and redecoration. The client, Andrea Sperling, said, “being a creative person, I have my own visions” and “[i]t was hard to be trusting because it wouldn’t be about me anymore.” [Redecorating Isn't Always Pretty, New York Times]

I can feel Mr. Marvin’s pain. As a designer myself, I am charged with making old things look new and bringing beauty to something otherwise deemed unsightly and undesirable. Yet, I often encounter distrusting and hesitant clients who are reticent to trust me because they cannot visualize the outcome as I can.

Doesn’t God feel the same way with His children? We have our own creative visions of what is best and we find it hard to trust in God because doing so suddenly shifts the control from us.

Scripture is full of promises that He is the Great Designer. He formed and created us. [Psalm 139:13For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.] He assures us of His design and workmanship in us, [Ephesians 2:10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.] and promises that His vision is best. [Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.] And, He declares to make old things new and beautiful. [2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!]

God’s vision far outreaches the depths of our creativity. We lack the imagination to envision what He can do. Let us trust Him to implement the renovation according to His perfect design.

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One Comment to “[843 acres] A Designer’s Challenge”

  1. perryn! what a great devotion! It is always so profound to consider an undersirable feeling we experience in the earthly realm, and how that in effect can have similarities to our relationship with the Lord. Wow, if we do not like those feelings/situations, why would we treat our Heavenly Father in that way. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and scripture!

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