*Finding the Mona Lisa in you*


"Many lined up in front of the huge musee de louvre in Paris. But there was this lady who couldn't wait to identify with the very famous painting. She had heard about the painting ever since she was a very little girl, she heard her parents talk about it, she heard it being talked about on TV, on the radio, in newspapers, and in world renowned novels. Finally, today she was actually standing in front of the very doors that would lead her to the painting. She was wondering exactly how she would feel when she finished her determined task that very morning. How would she respond? Would she still feel the same excited way as she felt when she woke up that morning?

"Bonjour madame," the man at the door greeted her, apparently bristling with so much enthusiasm as if she was the first one at the museum that morning. "Bonjour monsieur," she responded. She entered the building. When she reached a large hallway at the front, a feeling of trepidation began to run down her spine. What was she doing trying to identify with something so profound anyways? She had to be kidding! Oh well, she couldn't have come this far only to start turning back. She summed up courage and glided straight to the location where the map indicated the painting hung. Then she stared at the painting which seemed like it had been hanging there for centuries, obviously in 'peace,' not minding the diverse languages of people who had come from far and wide to stare at it's beauty. Then tears started streaming down her face, for free. She was crying because she didn't understand how the painter did it. Who was this wonderful painter called Leonardo Da Vinci?

Today I was sitting in my room when I remembered last week friday @ TERC when Miguel started talking about the art of 'praise & worship.' It was a moment never to forget. We worshipped till we didn't want to leave our positions again, because we realized what makes us praise God. It was when we read psalm 139:14, which says "I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made" that I caught the exact revelation of "the Artist and His painting." The psalmist said he would praise God because of the skillful way in which he was formed and created. God is the Artist, and you are His painting. You are beautiful and special in every single way. There are some secret things in you that you know no one else is capable of doing but you (and there are some secrets that you know about yourself that no one else knows ~ no one else comes close). Those secret things are your own 'Mona Lisa.' Every human being is a work of art, the ingredient God used to mold you is different from what He used to spice me up. I am maggi and you are knorr cube...there's just something about you. And if you think about it, just like how the painting of Mona Lisa made the woman cry, tears may threaten to fall down your face.


*So this monday, make up your mind to
PRAISE the Artist,
for you are fearfully and wonderfully made*

23 comments:

The Life of a Stranger called me said...

so I am maggi, and you are knorr cube, you are not serious, how comes you are not maggi and Im knorr cube. LOL.

But on the serious, God really is a great artist. How He conceived and chose to styly create me, with my beauriful long - very long natural hair - great smile, vivooooo ...LOLOL. You know sometimes, I do wonder who Im I that He took time out of eternity to perfect me His painting - and like mona lisa, the Lord created us, so that people will come a great distance to admire Hos creation. Jay Jay..keep up the good work...You are one seriously annointed sista....

Niyi said...

Very true.

God is very strategic. He created and fashioned us based on purpose design and sovereignty.

He has also factored in all our strengths, weaknesses, successes, failures, mishaps, hopes, fears e.t.c

What a great Sovereign God! The one and only true God.

The challenge now is to continue to trust Him as he unfolds His plans in our lives.

Just like He asked Adam: "Where are you" in the garden of Eden, I want to consistently show that I trust Him with every stage of my life and every inner secret (as you mentioned).

God is the painter, so He knows what my final "Mona Lisa".. lol.. will look like.

God bless you, Jaycee.

God's child said...

Girl I love your blog, its so uplifting, and refreshing to my soul. I like to say I'm like a work of art, some may look and criticize, others may look and admire but only THE artist knows His work. He knows the masterpiece He had in mind when He created us all, and the work isnt finished yet.
I thank God for you, I thank Him for using you as a symbol of His light in the darkness. Keep shining...

Jaycee said...

@ life of a stranger...ooooohhh I love beaurrriful LONG hair...mine is still growing. Lollll...leave my maggi flavor alone o...

@ niyi, u really inspire me with the way u illustrate things into perspective...

@ God's child...u're making me see this post in another light. That no matter how much bad people may see in you, only the ARTIST who put you together knows the TREASURE on the inside of you...

LondonBuki said...

:-)

Love this! You know how I feel about your blog!

Take care and have a beautiful week!

Cherub (former Bijouxoxo) said...

Yes o, everything he created was and is beautiful and he really did a very good job, in skillfully painting/ crafting/ moulding each person. There's so much stuff God has deposited in each person, that nobody can replace you. Have a blessed week.

zaiprincesa said...

J,
i think God sent you to deliver this message to me oh..lol..I likey...
Have a blessed week!

Michael said...

The part that really gets me is what comes after that ...
"Marvelous are Your works, And that my SOUL knows very well".

Can't wait for Friday............

Naija Vixen said...

God has a plan,He knows wat He is doing...we may not understand...but it always falls in place...hav a great day

azuka said...

Great as usual Jaycee. I am wonderfully made!

Kafo said...

i like
thanks once again

Naijadude said...

Dont you know God created us in His image? He perfectly created us to fit the image of who He wants us to be! That is why everyone is special in their way! Thanks for reminding me that...

Moreover I am the maggi and you are the knorr cube...LOL

that is so inpsiring, the verse "For I am fearfully and wonderfully made" has been playing in my head all day, now you wrote about it.. Thanks

Wow! I am so charged up for TERC, infact I got my call card already..LOL praying and fasting alongside as well.....

Naijadude said...

i sent you an email, and just to let you know I got the questions posted...would really love to hear your insight, thanks!

omohemi Benson said...

Jaycee everytime,over and over,
You bless me. Thank you.

I pray I fully embrace that He as created me to be.

mystoriesmytestimonies said...

naija song....
'i am wonderfully made...fearfully made...i belong to God...i belong to him...that is why the devil trembles...whenever he hears me singing ....i'm redeemed..Jesus is in me...'
learnt this song at a womens conference[naija church] last year...

Nilla said...

Lovely as usual! (See you're writings are always such an inspiration, that I run out of things to say...lol)

Have a wonderful week!

Jaycee said...

@ londonbuki...muahhhh (u're a naughty girl o...)

@ cherub..."u're irreplaceable...they must not know u're u, they must not know u're u..."

@ Zai...awwww...God works in very surprising ways...

@ Michael...can't wait to hear ur "u know what"...you inspire me to worship more beautifully...

@ naijavixen...yes He does...

@ Azuka...yes you are!

Jaycee said...

@ kafo...*winks*...thank God (its for His glory)...

@naijadude...promise to read the email soon, (thanks)...

@omohemi...a big AMEN to that...(I loved the way you composed that line of prayer, no matter how short it was, that's like a destiny-changing sentence).

@mystories...loll...I can just imagine u really singing that song right now...

@nilla...MUAH...

Lemme go & study, I shd go blog-trotting later on in the wee hours of the morning, when I'm done with the books (trying to make up for last night when I was just playing)...

Talk to u guys later...MUAH!

NaijaBloke said...

Just getting around to read this post o Aunty.

I think thanking God shd be part of every sentence we utter everytime.I always say a word of thanks to God for me everytime I see someone with a disability,my friend always makes fun of me but mehn i cant imagine not having both my arms or both my legs.So for that alone I always thank God o..

Aunty am not a corporate man o,I be area boy ..LOL

Loving this post o

Tayo said...

Hey Jaycee,
God bless you for this post. It's really insightful. Michael Angelo spent 4 years painting a ceiling, losing sleep, food and drink and when he finished, the painting looked so lifelike... but he had to confess that it was nothing compared to God's work of creation. I believe everyone is a masterpiece, and we need to start seeing ourselves as "Fearfully and Wonderfully made" even if others don't see us as such. The one who made us called us so. That's enough for me.
BTW, I'm not Maggi, I'm not Knorr. I'm Ajino-Moto!!!! and you're Vedan!!!

curvyice said...

hey gurl,
thanks once again for reminding of what i hold dear to heart and what i need to keep doing how are them pathology and stuff treating u...hang in there. grace and peace.

Jaycee said...

@ naijabloke...u're reminding me of that 'fela' dude from idol west africa...

@ Tayo...thank God for that wonderful insight...even Michael Angelo, a wonderful painter confessed...God is the ultimate Master Potter

@ curvyice...AMEN...we're doing "cardiophysiology" right now...pretty kewl...lol (EKGs and stuff)...

Have an extremely crazily blessed day guys...going straight for TERC right now...(join us if u catch this before we're done)...check cherub's blog for details!

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

This is beautiful... you inspire me... really you do