Admiring a painting in process, I was distressed as the artist suddenly chose a different color and brush and “ruined” the art that I had seen.  My eye was seeing the product as having been completed.  Her aim was to have something different.  I don’t know her goal.

It has seemed that my life was over, and many would say “She lived a full, complete life.”  But not so in the eye of the Lord.  He brushed in a discordant stroke.  And I cried “Why?”  He said, “I will finish what I have begun in you.”  I claim that promise.*


Thank you, Rochelle, for the 100 picture prompt.  PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields


*(Philippians 1:6), And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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21 Responses to I’M NOT FINISHED

  1. Dawn Marie says:

    Beautiful, Oneta. It felt as if the scripture passage was just for me. Thank you for being God’s mouth-piece in my life today.

  2. Mandibelle16 says:

    Oneta, I love that your blog pieces are so inspiring. The Bible verse at the end, really lifted me up, and as a painter (well not right now, but I have that gift), I found it very interesting that the teacher gets you to add what the speaker views a wrong colour — one the artist didn’t feel fit with the overall painting. I enjoyed how you used that wrong colour as metaphor for life. How God uses us and moulds us and “finishes what he has begun in you (Us).” That gave me hope that even in the darkest times And even when we feel life is not going our way, and bad things happen, God will finish his good work in us, protect us, and love us, no matter the hurdles we face. Truly, I really needed to hear this today so thank you for your wisdom

  3. pranabaxom says:

    and let the work continue till the time comes, as it will surely for all of us.

  4. Faye says:

    Thank you for this powerful reminder. Only yesterday I told my doctor why I knew in so many ways even during our current world crisis I am only beginning a new stage of spiritual transformation. I will care for the body BUT only He is taking me onwards to fulfill and complete His tapestry of my life.internally. For everyone Who loves HIM, this is our journey of life. Thank you again for expressing it so beautifully.

  5. Lady Quixote/Linda Lee says:

    This is so inspiring. Thank you, Oneta.

    • Lady Quixote/Linda Lee says:

      This post is also encouraging. I was having a rough day, which is why I wrote a covid-19 lament on my blog. But I feel better after reading this. It also lifted my spirits to write my lament, which ends in a prayer.

      Indeed, the Lord works all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. It has been true so far, in my life. Even of the horrors that I went through in the 1960s.

      • oneta hayes says:

        Well whoever or whatever added the covid stroke has surely shaken us up. But, rest peacefully, God will blend and smooth until all looks livable again. The process, however, appears to be rough on our side of the canvas. But his Word promises! There is a cause and there is an answer here or in the invisible Kingdom of God. Thank you.

  6. Wise Hearted says:

    Beautifully written, inspiring, helpful, calming, spiritual driven and a lot more words I could use that I would connect to this post. He is doing exactly how you wrote…changing our world, challenging us to ride a different road, a higher road that requires no understanding most of the time but if we trust Him our faith will grow and we will shine brighter for Him. Great post.

  7. oneta hayes says:

    Wise Hearted, I appreciate the confirmation of God’s plan for us as he stokes in the colors that we need to have to become more like him. I visited you profile but did not see a website there to go to. If you are new and add a follow button, come back by so I can follow you home. Best to you.

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