I walk by this bush often on my walks with the girls. And I like it. Because the more I’ve seen it, the more I realize how much it shows me the way I often feel. I took this pic right after the rain so it was looking a bit more peppy that day, but it’s a scraggly bush, trying to hold out some bit of beauty for the world. Do you ever feel that way?
We are each gifted to release the beauty of God’s Love in our own way, and as we strive to allow that Love to come out, sometimes we may feel a bit exposed, because… Because others may not understand, others may misinterpret our motives, and because sometimes our own imperfection comes out too. Sometimes we see our imperfections and doubt whether we can give a beauty worth releasing.
It may feel that we stand as a sorry picture of the God whose image we were made to bear. And when we feel that way it can be tempting to shrink back, to stay away from the risky things that might expose us. But bearing that image is what we were made to do… it’s where we find our purpose.
The beauty is that we’re found in Jesus, and while we may feel like a scraggly bush at times, we can use those feelings as a path on which to press deeper into truth. Because the truth is that if we’re saved, if we’re found in Jesus, we’re not scraggly. Jesus who lived this life in our place and gifted His life for us, He let the beauty come out in full bloom. Jesus didn’t second guess Himself when He forgave the adultress, or when He rebuked the Pharisees, or when He publicly reached out to a man perched up in a tree. That is the life He gifted to us with His risen life. The scraggly us died on the tree because that is what He became when He died there. And He rose to give us His full bloom life.
Dear Christian, you are found in Him, and though you may feel it sometimes, you are not a sorry image bearer because your imperfect life is covered with His life. Even your imperfections are cracks through which His light will shine.
I heard the story from the pulpit Sunday. The lighthouse operator, he tried to save the oil to help his cities oil shortage, and darkened the light. But those in the water were lost without it, and he was told the words, ‘You were given oil for the purpose that the light would shine.’
There is beauty in the thought:
“We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” (Marianne Williamson- The Return to Love)
Dear me and you, dear one whose found in Him, It’s hard to shine a light when you know your imperfect, but know this: You weren’t meant to be the light. You are chosen for the sacred call of being the vessel that the light shines through. Your vessel has cracks, but your vessel is in Him, covered with His life. And when the light comes out through the unique vessel that you make in Him, it is a beautiful story that comes to us only through you. We need you.
I thank you for coming here today and I’d like to invite you to Kate’s page for the beloved Five-minute Friday. Blessings!