What happens when you make an ugly mistake in your journaling Bible? Notice I said when and not if. Because, it will happen! I was creating a journal entry for Ephesians 1:7 – journaling about the redemption we have in Christ’s blood on the cross. When I thought of blood, I thought of the color red, and opted to use red acrylic paint on the page. What I didn’t realize was how very RED it would be! I thought I could make it better by scraping white paint over the red… Wrong. Combine that with some bad lettering, and I had an ugly mess that took up the whole page. I cringed every time I passed it in my Bible. I was teaching a Bible journaling class at my church soon, and I knew people were going to be looking at my Bible. I couldn’t let them see this horrible no good very bad mistake on the page! “Hey ladies, here’s what not to do…”
To cover it up, I first painted over the lettering in the margin with a light cream that matched the Bible pages. It has a touch of glimmer to it, which I love. And hello, it’s from Target! I’m in Target like 3 times a week, and am loving the Hand Made Modern acrylic paint line there. I then sponged on some coral and gold paint over the cream.
Now I’ve seen some beautiful journal pages in which most of the text is completely covered up. But, I personally don’t like to cover the words to where I can’t read them anymore. And I couldn’t read the text on the page due to the heavy amount of red and white paint I had initially scraped on. So I took a coral red card (red for the blood!), and wrote out the Word that had been covered in paint. I then taped it with sparkly gold tape over the horrible no good very bad mistake. And what I was left with, was something beautiful. I no longer cringe when I pass this page in my Bible; in fact, it’s now one of my favorites!
Why? Isn’t it the perfect example of how God takes us, in our horrible no good very bad condition, and redeems us with His blood on the cross? This journal entry, because it was initially an ugly mess, turned into something even more beautiful and with deeper meaning. Don’t you love that? Our ugly mess has been covered by the blood of Christ on the cross. What a perfect reminder of our redemption in Christ!