Per­fectly Im­per­fect

Activated - - NEWS - By Joyce Sut­tin Joyce Sut­tin is a teacher and writer, and lives in San An­to­nio, USA.

1. See Ge­n­e­sis 3:1–24.

I went to the Farmer’s Mar­ket this morn­ing and was so pleased to find a good deal on some or­ganic pro­duce. When I got home and pulled the toma­toes out of the bag, how­ever, I re­al­ized that some of them were too squishy to use, and I had to cull out the bad ones so they wouldn’t harm the oth­ers. As the say­ing goes, “One rot­ten ap­ple (or in this case, tomato) spoils the whole bunch.”

As I ex­am­ined the toma­toes, I was sur­prised by their many im­per­fec­tions. I’ve been used to go­ing to the gro­cery store and find­ing piles of per­fectly shaped fruits and veg­eta­bles. How­ever, when I cut one of the “im­per­fect” toma­toes in half and took a bite, I was amazed at the fla­vor. I de­cided that in this case “im­per­fect” can def­i­nitely be bet­ter.

We of­ten judge by ap­pear­ance, but looks can be de­ceiv­ing. Of­ten, those ap­par­ently per­fect pieces of pro­duce have much deeper flaws that can’t be seen. It could very well be that they have no bug bites be­cause they have been sprayed with chem­i­cals whose long-term ef­fects might be worse than the in­sects. The pro­cesses used to speed their growth prob­a­bly af­fected their fla­vor as well. Judg­ing be­tween the im­per­fect, or­ganic toma­toes and the seem­ingly per­fect ones in a su­per­mar­ket, the im­per­fect is def­i­nitely bet­ter.

God could have cre­ated a per­fect world with per­fect peo­ple, but He al­lowed man to have a choice. Af­ter the fall of man, im­per­fec­tions en­tered our world, and man be­gan to have to deal with prob­lems, disease, bugs, and pain. But

1 all of th­ese im­per­fec­tions drive us back into the arms of our heavenly Fa­ther. If the road were per­fect and our path with­out dif­fi­cul­ties, we would never find the bet­ter way to the per­fect place He is pre­par­ing for us.

Some­times, peo­ple think they can get along with­out God. It is only when we take a good look at our im­per­fec­tions that we see the need for a Sav­ior. Then we open our heart and re­ceive the great­est, most per­fect gift of all.

So give me the im­per­fec­tions of life. Give me the odd-look­ing pro­duce. Give me the rocky path. Give me all the prob­lems and weak­nesses that drive me into God’s arms. Be­cause I know how im­per­fect I am, I am thank­ful for a per­fect Sav­ior who looks at me through the eyes of love, and whose per­fect love has changed my life.

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