Perfect in the Imperfections

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1 Peter 4:10-11

As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grade:  whoever speaks, as one who utters oracles of God; whoever renders service, as one who renders it by the strength which God supplies; in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.  To him belong glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Thought for the DayLook for perfection in the unusual.

Walking through the beautiful park near us, I looked for things in nature to take pictures.  After a period of time of seeing the normal animals and plants, I found myself asking God to lead me to the “perfect” image.  Almost immediately, I had the thought, “God is in the imperfections”.  Surprised by that thought, I began looking for beauty whether it be found in the perfectly shaped leaf or the imperfectly grown tree branch.  I found many and enjoyed taking those awesome pictures of unusually shaped and colored images.  Then I thought about my sweet brothers who were “perfect in their imperfections”. In God’s eyes they were perfect. They were perfect because they brought people closer to God and changed the lives of people around them.  They were perfect because they were examples to all who knew them as they worked through their handicaps to succeed in everything they tried to do.  As I continued walking and looking for those imperfections in the natural things around me, I thought “Nobody is perfect….and everyone is beautiful in God’s sight.”  As I shared my thoughts with my husband, he said, “People may be imperfect as far is what the world sees, but they are seen perfect by God.  “God is in the imperfection and we, as imperfect as we are, can show God’s perfection in how he uses us to bring others to Him.

God’s creation is absolutely amazing and beautiful.  And when I think about what is most beautiful, I realize that beauty comes in what we think of as imperfect.  The beauty in the changing autumn leaves come toward the end of the time when the leaves are about to fall.  They are no longer that perfect green color.  The beauty in the unusually shaped tree shows how it worked its way through hardship to the warmth of God’s sun.  It is not necessarily in the perfectly shaped tall tree.  God’s definition of perfection and our definition of perfection may not be the same.  Those beautiful changing leaves, the twisted and unusually shaped tree, and those special people with handicaps might be closer to God’s definition than the definition we read about in a dictionary.

Prayer:   God, thank you for bringing your perfect creation into our sight through those unusual things in our lives.   The beauty in the changing leaves and the beauty in people who are different from us let us know that You are wonderful and we are wonderfully made.  Help us look past what we think of as imperfect to see You.  Amen.

Prayer Focus:  Those feeling imperfect

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