When I stand afar off and look on my life, it may seem I have the perfect life: a family that cares for me, and well...friends. Looking at my life from outside is a lot different from what I see when living my life. When outside, I look at my life and feel I can anticipate what's going to happen next but when I live my life I have no clue. The 'outside me' anticipates and plans the next series of steps but when I live my life everything does not go according to plan. The people you feel you can count on the most disappoint you and you fall short of achieving set targets and all that. But still these people remain your friends just as you remain theirs and you set more goals and targets with the nagging fear that they may not be achieved but nevertheless determined to press onward, never taking your eyes off the goal.
We talk of plans and variances. And most of the time, reality varies far off from our plans, it varies far from what we expect it to be. So I can conclude that we live in an imperfect world, with imperfect people, imperfect situations, imperfect relationships, imperfect families and imperfect friends. The bottom line is that we live imperfect lives. We live lives that are shrouded beneath a dark cloud of imperfection. But in all of this, the one limiting factor to all imperfection is a perfect God.
Now I can't begin to extol the magnificence of my dear God because I will go on and on and I will not get around to making my point, or rather, I WILL make the point over and over and over again but will end up not publishing the article altogether because, whoa, my God is so magnificent.
But now, indulge my perceptions. Say you set out to get a particular job. You prepared for the interview, dressed your Monday best and you've already planned your spending for the next five years. You've had no opportunities for an interview in the last five years and this is your one big shot. You go in there with a high confidence level and you don't get the job, leaving there utterly deflated. Hypothetical but factual all the same. You find yourself with a very good opportunity to ditch God and move on. But you hold on and He restores all the lost years that the locust has eaten. His plans are the only plans that are airtight.
What if you have written an exam and failed seven times? What if you have lost your family? What if you lost your phone!? There are things that only God understands because our minds, with all its billion cells, are just too small to comprehend.
I am in love with this God. I am so imperfect but I really don't care. How could I?! I serve a God who is the embodiment of perfection. He is not the silver lining through the shroud of darkness that engulfs me. He is that bright and magnificent light that dispells all darkness and makes things clear!
I know you may have reservations about the God I serve. That may be because of your experiences or because of things you may have seen me do that contradict this magnificent deity. To that, I say I am sorry because I know well enough how we have lost many to the dark prince because of our many errors, some honest mistakes and some downright absurd and, to be plain, foolish.
But no matter how imperfect the world may be, there are numerous markers of His perfect Grace. So sublime and truly peaceful is His countenance that if anything I can describe it as love at first sight, should we choose in our heart of hearts to see Him.
Take a good look at this God and don't let your experiences or your associations with some of us Christians, who are nonetheless frail and still human, tarnish the perfect light that shines forth from the throne of mercy. For truly, we live imperfect lives but there is a PERFECT God to make things beautiful.
God bless you all, abundantly.
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