Standing Perfectly Imperfect
Last night I stayed up late to assemble our middle little, Arie’s, birthday gift. Piece-by-piece (and there were A LOT of pieces), I placed each numbered board where it belonged.
About halfway through, I realized the A-screws were colored, and I had used up all the plain/gray screws. 🤦🏻♀️ I paused and debated with myself: Do I take it apart and throw away an hour’s worth of work? Or do I push forward, knowing it’s imperfect but will still be loved?
I decided to push forward, so I put the red screws where the gray screws went and the blue screws where the brown ones went, and I finally got to the last step. The last step seemed silly. It was screwing in some fasteners to close the police/fire station securely. I thought: These will never be used. I should just toss them and be finished, but would it really be finished? Would the work really be complete? So out of love for our little guy and the the fact that I couldn’t truly leave something undone, I took another 10 minutes and added all the fasteners.
This got me thinking: What a picture of God with us. He picks us in a million pieces, broken, wounded, “damaged” as some would call themselves, prideful, scared, etc. Piece by piece, He puts us back together. The toy, like us, is completed by its builder. It is imperfect, while some screws are misplaced and a piece or two is bent from the frustrating work that needed to be done, but it’s standing - perfectly imperfect - and it’s loved and treasured by the beholder.
Wherever you are, whatever you’re facing, remember that “… we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). There is nothing that is a mistake about you. You were formed intentionally, knit together in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13) and created for purpose.
Regardless of what we’ve done or are doing, He loves us. We are treasured. We were bought for a price. And we stand today, perfectly imperfect, loved by Our Beholder.
Have a nice weekend, friends! 🤍 Sorry this is so late this week!