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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Parent (11/16/06)

TITLE: Imperfect parents--perfect God
By Jessica Oei


My parents did the best that they could to raise my brother and me. They did what they knew and they tried to correct the mistakes that they knew that their parents did to them. They loved me, I know that for sure. But they loved me in the ways that they experienced love. My dad didnít know that he expressed love to me based on what I Ďdidí. And my mom didnít know that her absence and silence communicated rejection to me.

Who really knows what it takes to be a good parent? We all work from the nature of being broken and fallen humans. We are wired to hurt people. And usually, those that we hurt most often are those people who stand closest to us--our family, our children. I hope that God gives a special covering to children. That despite their parentsí grave mistakes, God covers them and speaks his love and acceptance to them nonetheless.

I see God as the parent who hugs us when our parents turn away and tend to their priorities. I see God as the parent who gathers us into His arms and strokes our cheek when we feel like the world is too much for us. I see God as the parent who brings a bullhorn and wears a bright yellow jersey to events to cheer us on. God is the parent that laces his fingers into ours, sees us eye to eye, and loves us as who we fully are.

God does these things and more, out of His love for us. He has no other desire than to love His children. And in the midst of the mistakes that humans make--that parents make, God's voice of love is still audible. In the midst of divorce, incest, blended families, abuse, neglect, absent parents, human self-centeredness, God still speaks His desire and His comforting love to His children. God speaks in the stillness of our hearts as well as in the chaos that results from our mistakes. He sees those children that whimper in the corner of their room and those children that silently cry out in the broken cavity of their hearts. God reaches out and covers these children in the palm of His hand. God is the perfect parent that we've always wanted and He always works to uphold the honor of His children on this Earth.

Humans mess things up. But God is perfect. As I look towards the possibility of one day becoming a parent, I want to work in this reality that God is perfect and I am wired to mess things up. Humbly accepting this reality forces me to cling to the perfectness of God. In this palce, I am forced to seek out His wisdom and His way of communicating perfect love to people. God is the definition of true and perfect loveóapart from Him; I cannot understand what it means to love and to give unto death. 1 John says that we love because God loved us first. John's statement helps me to soberly understand the brokenness of my heart. When I depend on the wisdom and revelation of God, I can grow to love people in the way that He loves them.

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Bella Louise11/23/06
I really loved this. I am more blessed than most in having absolutely wonderful parents... but still, I have felt rejected by my Mum at various times. Loved the line:

Humans mess things up. But God is perfect.

Think you might be onto a winner with this one :D
Donna Powers 11/24/06
This was lovely. I could feel the conviction in your words, and the sincerity they conveyed. Great job!
Cheryl Beckwith11/25/06
I really liked your story.I was raised by parents who did not know how to show love and they did not realize that it was even a high priority.God did great things with our relationships later in life,once I accepted Him as my savior.He is amazing!
Thanks for sharing.:-)
Leigh MacKelvey11/25/06
I liked the statement you wrote about knowing that we are wired to mess up, we need to stay focused on God's perfection as a parent. ( something like that!) It's so true. Very nice job.
Judy Sauer 11/25/06
Thanks for sharing your story. I found the fourth paragraph touch my heart in a very special way.
Brenda Jung11/27/06
"We all work from the nature of being broken and fallen humans." How painfully true this is...