Monday, February 25, 2013

Imperfect Family - But a Perfect Fit

I sit in church and look down the pew. It's been a hard week. We sit and we're cleaned up and everyone is wearing Sunday-only shoes.

We're spit-shined on the outside.

But we all have our stuff. Today it's covered by a veneer of Sunday smiles.

I look around the church. Everyone looks together. They're Sunday-shined too. But I wonder how many of us feel unraveled inside. I wonder, in the important places, how many are not-so-shined at all.

I wish we could be the perfect family, but we're not. And I begin to think, about all these rough edges. The not-so-great spots. The parts of us that far from shine.

And the perfect family is only a dream.

But then I I sit and think, I hear the soft stirring, the gentle loving, the sweet kindness that can only come from Him.

No, we're not perfect. But we fit perfectly

in the shadow of His wings

I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. Psalm 61:4

on the palm of His hand

I will not forget you. See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands...Isaiah 49:15-16

in His strong tower

For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against my foe. Psalm 61:3

in center of His grace.

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."
2 Corinthians 12:9

I guess we all have our stuff.. Things that don't shine like Sunday best.  This side of heaven, in our humanness, we always will.

A perfect family? No.

But it's okay.

We're a perfect fit.


  1. I love this. It doesn't have to look perfect to anyone else or even yourself. Your family is always perfect to you!

  2. Perfectly Imperfect. That has come up in my readings a lot lately. It is exactly what I've needed to hear too. We are struggling badly and I just keep reminding myself that God has a plan, if life were all smooth sailing how would we grow in Him? What would our faith look like? Though this storm is rough, really really rough, He is with me through it all. What more can I need?

    Prayers for you, my friend! Love you!

  3. Thanks, Kathy. You're right. :) Hugs to you and your fam.

  4. Hi Kelly - you know, that's what keeps hitting me in the heart. He didn't tell us that we wouldn't struggle, but He did say that He wouldn't leave. There is such comfort in that. Thanks for the reminder - I'm grateful. (And I'm praying for your family, too. Love you. Hope that we can run away soon:)

  5. I believe we are all perfectly flawed. Perfection died on the cross. You/we all are exactly as He planned us.
    thank you for the reminder that the hurt is all around us as we all smile and fake it some days.
    A lovely blog, love you, and I want to stow away when y'all run away :)

  6. Thanks, Sarah, for the powerful, true words - "Perfection died on the cross". Wow.
    And I love you, too. And SOLD on the stow away.:)