Then there are the gifted who look at a blank page, canvas, mound of clay, slab of marble--or any other medium and have a vision for a great work of beauty they will capture. Truly amazing for me--since when I see a blank piece of paper---I have the need to fill it with words. My artistic ability was thwarted in the first grade when I flunked coloring due to my inability to stay within the lines. It has been downhill since then.
I have quite a few really talented friends who are amazing seamstresses. They look at a piece of material and visualize a dress, a curtain, a quilt, a bonnet, or some other beautiful creation. It is a wonder to behold to see a flat-lifeless piece of material become a gorgeous evening gown.
I do have the "Second Sight" when it comes to a yard. Given enough assistance and money--I can turn your garden into a work of art which flows with the changing of the seasons. A rainbow of color, texture, and sounds--pleasing to every sense. When you look at the empty yard--you see dirt--I see soil. Dirt is a nuisance but soil provides opportunity. It is entirely in the eye of the beholder.
So it is with mankind. We look upon some members of the human race and see a vessel filled with hopelessness, poverty, ugliness, and yes--dirt. God looks upon the same vessel and sees opportunity--for hope, for love, for service, for compassion, for a future. We have the limited vision of what is before us--which is often not very pretty-- He has the clear vision of what we could be---if only we give Him the control over the blank canvas.
Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.