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Imperfectly Beautiful

I was walking down a street in the Queen Anne area of Seattle when the above rose caught my eye. My husband and I were visiting our son when I noticed it in front of a small coffee shop. I fell behind as I stopped to take a couple of pictures. After running to catch up, I was happy with my prize.

I loved the beauty of this rose. Wanting to share its image with others, I decided it would make a good Thank You card. The vibrant pink blossom would be a perfect representative of gratitude or an act of kindness or generosity. I designed the card and had it printed.

While the rose was strikingly beautiful, plain white paper just didn’t do it justice. It needed something more to show off its splendor. I decided to apply clear sparkle paint to its petals. Still, it wasn’t complete. Finally, I put sparkling silver ribbon with a bit of clear glue on the edges. It quickly became evident, however, that the results I had hoped for weren’t going to be easy to achieve.

Try as I might, I couldn’t get the ribbon glued on straight. It was often too long in places, even after being carefully trimmed. In addition, mysterious little bits of glue appeared where they didn’t belong, both on the inside and back of the card. I was dismayed that they were there.

“Oh no Lord!”, I cried, “my beautiful rose! I am not going to be able to use it! I don’t want to throw these cards away!”. I was so disappointed. All of my time, effort and money was wasted.

As I wrestled with my dilemma, it suddenly occurred to me; the greeting cards didn’t have to be flawless. They could still be used in spite of their imperfections. Each would be hand painted and finished with love. Yes they would be imperfect, but they would be beautiful anyway, just like you and me.

Jesus knows we aren’t perfect. Yet, He never gives up or throws us away. Instead, He adds the sparkle of His love to our lives. He adds the splendor of His peace as we spend time with Him. He knows just what we need in just the right place. He paid the ultimate price for us when He gave His life on the cross. There is no one who loves us more.

… As for my Thank You cards, they are even more flawed than I thought they would be. The outer edges curl up a bit because of the glue. Some petals have a bit more paint on them than I would like. Still, I love them and think they are beautiful.

I was sharing my card struggles with my neighbor and showed her an example. Her response?

“OH! THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL!”

My Mom thinks they are pretty too.

I love my Mom and my neighbor. I think I will remind them of that fact this week and send them an Imperfectly Beautiful Thank You note for being just the way they are.

Psalm 139:14I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Romans 5:8 NKJV 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Psalm 86:15 NKJV) 15 But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.



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