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Learning to see things misshapen instead of straight

March 11, 2008

As I drove into the heart of the city this morning I heard a quote, “Nothing in nature is straight”. I looked around at the little pieces of nature I could see (grass, bushes, a few trees) and all the man-made structures (roads, buildings, the Space Needle, boats). The things of nature were not straight, but those made by man were straight.

My mind wandered to God’s plan and how he sees our paths versus how man sees them. Often we are wanting those around us to be straight, easy, unmessy, relationally uncomplicated, predictable, and understandable. Instead, we are crooked and misshapen. Everything from the way our bodies were formed to our broken spirits, sinful ways, and hard hearts keep us from being straight. God sees that and he considers it beautiful. Are you expecting others to be straight when God made them to be crooked and misshapen? What would happen if you changed your perspective?

From You Are Everything by Matthew West
Breathe again
Feeling all this life within
Every single beat of my heart
I’m the one with big mistakes
Big regrets and bigger breaks
Than I ever care to confess
Oh but, You’re the one who looks at me
And sees what I was meant to be
More than just a beautiful mess

Where would I be without someone to save me
Someone who won’t let me fall
You are everything that I live for
Everything that I can’t believe is happening
You’re standing right in front of me
With arms wide open
All I know is
Every day is filled with hope
You are everything that I believe for
And I can’t help but breathe you in

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