Some would say the beautiful ceiling
of the Sistine Chapel is
The frescos painted by Michelangelo tell the sweeping story of Bible,
from God’s creation to Christ’s ascension.
(A fresco is a painting done rapidly in watercolor on wet plaster on a wall or ceiling,
so that the colors penetrate the plaster and become fixed as it dries.)
Moms, before there were permanent magic markers
to “beautify” your walls,
there were frescos.
In the centuries since its completion in 1512,
the magnificent images in the poorly lit chapel were illuminated by millions of candles
which eventually layered the ceiling with soot and smoke
until the frescos were a shadow of their original splendor.
A 14 year restoration process began in 1980.
Standing on scaffolding nine stories above the floor,
experts painstakingly restored
the 6,135-square-foot ceiling of frescos
to its original glory.
Look at the difference!
God created me to be a reflection of who he is,
but years of worshiping false gods, even being my own god,
layered soot and sin on me so thick my original design was unrecognizable.