When I visited the Louvre in Paris it was almost overwhelming. The sheer size of the museum is remarkable as well as the amount of famous art. But only one piece of art had its own room, only one had a long line waiting to view it and that was the Mona Lisa.

It is a work of art that has captured the imagination of humanity. The mysterious smile, the penetrating eyes, the air of mystique surrounding the Mona Lisa cannot easily be explained. But it is more than just a supreme example of Renaissance art, it encapsulates a unique spirit.

There is something about it that draws people. The painting is a visual representation of the idea of happiness. It is a quintessential example of how art is not easily explained and is as the old-time preacher would say, “More felt than telt.”

The Mona Lisa may be the world’s most famous work of art but for most of its life it was relatively obscure. Painted by Leonardo Da Vinci in 1503 it was not until the beginning of the 20th century that it was recognized as a masterpiece.

As late as the 1850’s Leonardo was believed to be far inferior to Titian and Raphael, whose paintings were worth far more money than the Mona Lisa. It wasn't until it was stolen in the summer of 1911 that it would capture the attention of the general public. Newspapers spread the story of the crime worldwide. When the painting finally returned to the Louvre two years later, its fame was worldwide.

Have you ever wondered why some things have not happened as you hoped? You have done what is right but there are no results. And you think that being faithful has simply not resulted in the blessings of God. Galatians 6:9 tells, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Have you been serving others, helping those in need? Doing as Jesus taught us and loving others more than ourselves. But there are desires in your heart, hopes you have that are not being realized. God is making you into a masterpiece but no one seems to notice.

Don’t get tired of doing good. Don’t ever think God isn’t noticing your service. There will be a season when all your hard work will be recognized. Your time will come.


About Rick McDaniel

Rick McDaniel is a noted author, international communicator and church leader. He is the founder/senior pastor of Richmond Community Church in Richmond, Virginia. The church is known for its contemporary and innovative services and has a worldwide reach through McDaniel has earned three degrees including an advanced degree from Duke University and is the author of​ six​​ books including his latest "Turn Your Setbacks Into Comebacks." He has traveled and spoken at conferences and churches worldwide spanning six continents.

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