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I wandered outside this morning in search of fresh mint and juicy ripe tomatoes. In my puttering, I was amazed to see this:
I've never seen a more perfect sunflower. Everything about it is simply glorious. It is flaw-free. There is splendor arrayed here, a breathtaking form of nature. Every detail adds to its glory, every petal stretched to the sun, offering all that it can to whomever stops to admire.
In my eyes, perfection.
I moved on to tend to the other sunflowers in my garden and was struck by this one:
Although there is plenty of beauty here, too, you can see for whatever reason, some of the petals are stunted. They are not beautifully arrayed like the others. Something kept them from fully developing, from reaching out far and wide, from reaching their full potential.
As someone who had been struggling with feelings of inadequacies, I relate to this far-from-perfect sunflower. I can clearly see that I have some good qualities, but I am first to list all the ways in which I fall short. But what God has been teaching me to believe is this:
Despite my flaws, I am still beautiful.
Despite my imperfections, I am still worthy to be chosen.
Despite that which keeps me from fully flowering, He is there to cover me with His grace.
And so, I say to you:
Despite your flaws, you are still beautiful.
Despite your imperfections, you are still worthy to be chosen.
Despite that which keeps you from fully flowering, He is there to cover you with His grace.