Thursday, February 25, 2016

Awaiting Perfection

I will be off to my daughter's out of state wedding the next few days. I will likely not have time to post blogs so please instead, read my books. They are all on Amazon, and they are all 4-5 star ratings. If you don't buy my books, I may not have enough money to come home from my daughter's wedding. It helps all of us if you would just buy them. 

So one last message from God I gleaned from today that will have to tide you over if you don't buy all eighteen of my books and run out of reading material.

In prep for the wedding, I applied nail polish. I know that to most of you, this is not the slightest big deal. However, I never wear nail polish so it was an adventure. I never wear it for several reasons. One reason is I can't seem to get it on the nail only. It always ends up on my finger as well, looking like a two year old applied it.

Secondly, strange colors are all the rage, and I just cannot seem to accept that trend. I want human nails to look like the color could be possible on living flesh. Blue speaks to me of cadavers. Green speaks of gangrene. For the record, my color was hot pink.

The most troubling problem with nail polish is that no matter how carefully I apply it, no matter how many ALWAYS chips. ALWAYS. Usually by the end of day one. I even bought the pricier "no chip" variety. I put on three layers, allowing 15 minutes drying time between each layer. It has already chipped.

So, what was God saying?

Because of a series of other events which I haven't time to disclose, God was pushing home to me a truth that I fight against.

Perfection does not exist on earth. I long for perfection. Tension will therefore never cease. Nothing will ever be all I want it to be this side of heaven.

I tried to boil down the essence of my discontent in life, and I believe this is it. While that may seem depressing, there is an upside message. There is no desire or instinct programmed or designed into any creature that cannot be fulfilled. There would be no reason. Hunger can be satisfied. Thirst can be satisfied. Sexual desire can be satisfied. Now many of these instincts or desires can be perverted, but every desire is there because the potential and drive to satisfy it exists.

If you believe, as I do, that God designed us, that we are "fearfully and wonderfully made," then you know God would not give us any longing that has no hope of fulfillment. (Again, be careful in how you read this statement. Some longings are perverted, but the root of the longing is a natural and necessary desire.) 

So, the desire for perfection must exist for a purpose. Somewhere, perfection exists. The bible tells us that there is such a place where there will be no more tears, anger, sadness, regret, despair, remorse, or sin. "The perfect will come." We may only receive glimpses here on earth. Many things will be close, but imperfect now. Then, all will be made whole and perfect.

No more chipped nail polish.

Philippians 3:12-15 

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.

James 1:4 

And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

James 3:2 

For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.

1 John 2:5 

But whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him:

1 comment:

  1. Have a safe trip and a wonderful time! Congratulations to your daughter on her marriage. What a happy time! I wish her and her new husband well in their life together!