This morning I was reminded of something important. As I was preparing my children’s lunch sacks for the day I grabbed two random clementines from the box. Very similar to these shown here (example only, originals are bouncing around somewhere in a school bag on a playground). One was perfectly orange and without blemish. The other had several discolored lines running through and around it. Knowing my children, my mind immediately knew which child to chose to have which clementine. I knew my oldest daughter would be able to accept it easier without much thought or hesitation. My youngest would have some qualms and may decide to not even eat it because it “looked” different.
Then it hit me! How much so does our Lord Jesus give us what he knows we can handle?! Sometimes we are given the imperfect because he knows we can handle it without judgement. How powerful the Holy Spirit is within us that we can see past imperfections for what something truly is on the inside.
We aren’t always as lucky to be handed the perfect, good looking, and shiny fruit. How much more character we have when we aren’t perfect. Just like me, as a parent, knew immediately what each of my children needed in order to be healthy and sustain themselves throughout the day… How much more does our Heavenly Father know what WE need!!
Father, we thank you for our imperfections and praise you even more when we can recognize them and give you praise despite. We also thank you for that which appears to be perfect, but we know appearance is only so deep. It’s your love and grace that penetrates inside of us that sustains us and makes us healthy. Praise you Lord for handing us imperfections in life. The lines and rough patches are your way of bringing us closer to you, that we not rely on ourselves but on YOU Lord. In your son Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.