Beautiful doesn’t mean perfect –
Cindy Crawford is outwardly perfect
Cindy W-H (me) isn’t…
So when I reflect upon my life
There are plastic times when things on the outside might have looked good or better than they do now
But they were hideous had you looked much deeper
Families are beautiful but a lot of effort
Searching for sparkly pretties in a heap of ashes – much effort required
It is messy work, I have been warned
The pastor said something the other day that has resonated with me profoundly this week –
Just remember the people you are with, they are in- process too.
And he said this too, which I wrote down because it sounded so good.
Life for those who love Jesus is not like a Russian novel that just ends in horror and despair. It has a purpose that will work together for good, the Lord’s process. “Remember,” my pastor said, “that He’s strip-mining you, He’s designed us to live through struggles, pain, confusion, weakness and suffering. Your relationship to God determines the meaning of your life.”
Something beautiful will result for those who love Jesus – we belong in the next world. This isn’t science fiction. This is promise.
Father, I seek to appreciate the beautiful, imperfection of this earthly home and can’t wait to see all the treasures and sparklies in the world ahead.
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