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Picture perfect

Updated: May 12, 2020

There is something magical about childhood that is captured best in pictures.

Look at this photo. Aren’t those perfect, sweet little children sharing a magical moment by the Tennessee River. Look how the big brother is tenderly sharing a newly found treasure with his little sisters.

If this were a video and not a picture it would sound like this:

“Get over there and stand by your sisters. Pretend you are showing them something really cool. Stop whining it will only take two seconds and you don’t even have to smile cause we can’t see your faces!”

What does the picture of your journey with Christ look like? Is it a photoshopped moment that looks really good on the outside with a lot of disappointment on the inside? I’ve been there, friend.

I remember once in a particularly difficult time in my life that I was really discouraged right before I was supposed to speak to a group about the goodness of Christ. My “picture” wasn’t pretty.

I looked at my husband as I cried and said “how can I talk about how good God is when right now nothing seems good?” My man took me by the hand and led me to the crib where our newborn baby was sleeping and said “this is how you know God is good. A living, breathing example of the goodness of God.”

And He is good. But the darkness of a situation I couldn’t control had clouded my vision. I needed to be reminded that life isn’t always a beautiful image with the imperfections cropped out. Sometimes it’s the imperfections that make the picture beautiful.

2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

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