This past week we listed our home of 18 years for sale. For our family, it is the longest place we’ve ever lived. It is the place we’ve called home, seen our children grow up and move on to begin their lives with their spouse/fiancé and it’s the place where we’ve seen God up close at work in our lives. Bittersweet to be leaving this home behind, but exciting as we anticipate the new doors God will open as we follow His lead for our next place of residence.
As we’ve prepared our home to sell, our eyes have been drawn to each and every flaw in the interior. Nail pops, drywall cracks, scuffs on the walls and floors. I am reminded of how I often focus on the exterior flaws and not the beauty within.
Flaws and beauty are what our eyes are drawn to, but which do we chose to see?
I don’t know about you, but when it comes to my spiritual growth, my eyes tend fixate on the flaws and forget about the change that has already blossomed within me. I see the sin that is in need of God’s healing hands. It is interesting to me how I can see my flaws and see them as ugly, unspiritual, and keeping me from moving forward, but how God sees them so differently.
God sees the beauty in each one of us. He can see the beauty within our hearts and souls and He knows there is great potential for transformation. His eyes don’t fixate upon our flaws, but fixate upon our beauty. I am not saying He doesn’t see the flaws, because He does, He just doesn’t fixate upon them like we do. He knows our potential, He knows who He’s created us to be, and He is willing to walk alongside of us while gently and lovingly working with us to transform our lives.
When it comes to transformation, it can be a painful process, but the end result is something beautiful. Out of every difficult area in our lives there is opportunity for change and spiritual growth. And, great opportunity to see God at work in the transformation.
What we may see as ugly and unsightly He sees:
- His created treasured child
- A life redeemed through Christ
- His image bearer
And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.(Romans 5:2-5)
As I reflect on the areas of my life that I see as broken and flawed, I see opportunity for refreshment in the Lord as I bring those areas before Him. Peace comes when I turn over my flaws to Him and seek forgiveness and help to change, and chose to see the beauty that God sees. But it’s more than that, it takes courage to turn from patterns of behavior that place a barrier between myself and God. Whether that pattern be too much screen time, sharing partial truths, or masking true feelings by putting on the appearance that everything is ok. Either way I am learning barriers in my daily earthly relationships create a barrier in my relationship with the Lord.
How do you see yourself? Where have you erected barriers in your life?
Change takes courage. Sometimes we’re thrown into change whether we’re ready or not. But if we approach change with authenticity and open our hearts to the Lord, great things will happen. Allowing Him full access to my life, both the beautiful and the ugly, will help me to thrive and mature in both my earthly and spiritual relationships. When I allow God to transform my heart through the power of the Holy Spirit, peace will fill my soul.
My dear friends, God see the flaws in us all, but He choses to see the beauty within and will pursue you wholeheartedly each day. Will you allow Him to catch you so you can be transformed to live life to the full?