The deer have been enjoying our flower garden this summer. I guess just as I think the roses are amazingly beautiful, they can’t resist their yummy taste. I was looking out the window and I saw one single rose left behind, so I went outside to bring it in.
As I got closer to the rose bud that had just started to open, I could see it was in rough shape. It wasn’t a “picture perfect” rose. Several of the petals were bent and there were browning edges on the soft, white petals. And I laughed as I thought to myself this is a bit like how I have been feeling lately.
I have been feeling a bit rough myself. Finding myself in a longer season of difficult issues, uncertainty, and waiting than I had expected. Feeling kind of bent and tattered with browning edges.
But I am reminded by this rose that this season won’t last. Even though it looks rough at the moment, in due time, these petals will open and we will no longer see those few bent petals and rough, brown edges. We will see the whole, open rose and just think how beautiful it is. We will see and appreciate the full beauty that was there all along!
It is easier to see beyond the small imperfections when the whole, beautiful picture is grabbing our attention.
So it is with our Father.
He sees the whole us. He sees our whole life. He sees the whole, beautiful picture. We are beautiful in His sight. Even if this season means we have some bent parts and rough edges.
We can be so tough on ourselves and so critical. Oh, if we could only see ourselves through His eyes and see the whole, beautiful picture. Knowing we have beautiful layers that might not be showing at the moment, but also knowing that God created us just as we are. And there is always beauty in what He has created.
In the seasons when things seem yucky and so far from pretty and we just wish it could be over already, we can hold on to the truth that there has to be some beauty in there somewhere because this is what He has made. There is a great plan at work.
So in the midst of this uncomfortable season I find myself in, He is teaching me to be content where He has me at this moment. He is teaching me to let go of what I think this season should look like because it doesn’t match the one He has set for me. You never know what He has planned. You never know how He can turn something rough into something beautiful.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
He will shine through the rough spots, the tough seasons. His beauty will be shown.
I want to encourage you whether you find yourself in a rough season or you are feeling down on yourself, remember there is always beauty in what He creates. Always. You are beautiful and cherished. He loves you so much. And there is a whole, beautiful story written just for you . . . trust Him as it unfolds.