Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2
I’ve always enjoyed drawing and designing. Art is a passion for me. I began college with a major in graphic design, but I changed it, after a year, because I didn’t want to be told how it had to be done. My father is an amazing and extremely talented artist. He actually gets paid to do what he loves. He has given me many tips and pointers along the way. I once remember him trying to teach me to paint. He said that you often have to change what you see in your head to make it believable. You cannot have true perfection. If every tree has straight branches reaching for the sky, with the same number of leaves, and the perfect shade of green and brown, your painting will look odd and unrealistic. Trees have broken branches, dead leaves, and twisted trunks. Even the “perfect” sunset has oddly shaped clouds over ragged mountain tops.
Just take a look in the mirror. True symmetry doesn’t exist. I was once told by a makeup consultant that you shouldn’t even put your makeup on perfectly. Just look at your eyebrows. We have all seen the women, who use stencils above their eyes, and just color in the lines. Yikes. Even in Hollywood, a small mole or freckle is often considered a “beauty mark.”
My point is this: Maybe our idea of perfect isn’t really perfect.
We all have our lives planned out in our heads. It’s always just right and always makes us happy. However, maybe we need to allow God to change what we see in our heads, in order to truly find perfection. Only God is truly perfect. We must trust that He knows what is perfect and will accomplish it in our lives. Even when things look less than perfect, and our circumstances do not line up with what we see in our head, we can have faith in the perfection of our Heavenly Father.
The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he. Deuteronomy 32:4
This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. 2 Samuel 22:31
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. Psalm 19:7
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3
And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:4
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17
Original material by Holly M. Besser, ©2013. May not be used or re-printed without permission. bp48p12-24-13