I don’t like messes. So you can see how I was less than thrilled one morning when my then 5 year-old daughter Hannah, pointed out a small hot pink ink dot on my favorite lounge pants. “What is that on your pants?” she asked. I hadn’t noticed it before, and immediately began formulating what could be used to get the dreadful stain out.
“It sure is a BEAUTIFUL spot!” Hannah exclaimed with delight.
I sat stunned. I had immediately thought of it as a stain; something to be scrubbed out and vanished. But my daughter had seen something colorful and interesting.
Maybe, when I see a part of my character as a stain, something dirty and ugly and desperately needing to be blotted out, God sees a beautiful spot, something colorful that He can work with and incorporate into the mosaic of experiences and encounters that is my life.
So when I threw my pants in the laundry basket later that day, I made a decision. I decided not to try to get the stain out, but to send the pants through the laundry as they were – “stained” with a beautiful pink spot, so that every time I wear them, I will be reminded of God’s ability to view me and my flaws as something beautiful.
By Jennifer LeBlanc, Live Art.fully