Thursday, October 18, 2012

THANKFUL THURSDAY...what is perfect?

Just once I would like to have a perfect day. Whatever that is. Perhaps the sun shining, no traffic jams, enough money in the bank, the children cleaning their rooms without being told, the house cleaned and dinner on the table before I arrive home from work. Such pleasant thoughts.

What comes to your mind when you think of perfect? Some of the same things, or perhaps a perfect job, or a perfect spouse? Do you envision all the hassles and inconveniences melting away? Samuel talks about God making his way perfect but somehow I don't think he was talking about the cleanliness of his home or the stability of his finances...

"God is my strength and power, and He makes my way perfect." 2 Samuel 22:33

God's view of "perfect" is different than my view. Perfect doesn't always come in a nice, clean, organized package. In fact, God's "perfect" way may actually be what I consider hard and painful. After all, if everything was silk and lace in our life, how often would we reach out and cling to God's strong arms? Often times, it is in the difficulties that God forms us, thus perfecting us along the way, as we trust Him and lean upon His understanding, not ours.

I don't always understand why bad things happen to good people or why good people have bad days. I can't always see the path that I have chosen clearly, but in hindsight, I can look back over my day, my life and see that God has been pulling me and leading me in a very different direction, all so that He can make my way "perfect".

Today is THANKFUL THURSDAY and today as I share my grateful heart with you, I reflect on all of the ups, the downs, the joys, and the disappointments of my life...each one having a plan and purpose as ordained by God, so that His way can be perfected in me.

What are you grateful for today? We would love to have you join us this week for THANKFUL THURSDAY, please link up below.


9 comments:

Denise said...

Nice post.

It Feels Like Chaos said...

Oh, I agree! It is so hard to go through those bad days, but God really does use them to perfect us!

Pia said...

perfectness exist in this imperfect world. for me, perfectness is when we literally bask in God's presence. no matter how chaotic life is around me, joy overflows in my heart. for me, that's perfectness here on earth.

becky aka theRAV said...

Laurie, I love this post! So true! I am sure we all wish our lives were perfect like the Walgreens commercials but they are not. Thanks for writing this post.

Anonymous said...

Laurie, I loved your post! So true. I know we all wish our lives could be perfect like the Walgreens commericals! LOL But they are not. Thank you for writing this one. Becky
http://quoththerav3@blogspot.com

Rachel @myheartsmission said...

I agree. Sometimes our view is so limited we miss the big picture of what God is doing in our lives. It is good to know that when we put our faith and trust in Him- we are entrusting ourselves to one who's timing is perfect. :) God bless you.

Laurie Collett said...

In the Biblical sense, "perfect" means mature or complete. Praise God that we are complete in Him, and that He does not require perfection in the earthly sense, but direction toward conforming to His image. Thanks for hosting & God bless!

Dalynn McCoy said...

Hi! First time linking up with you guys, but I've been doing the Thankful Thursday theme for several weeks now. Happy to be here and can't wait to meet you all! Happy hopping!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful picture of how God walks with us. He hems us in behind and before. God bless you.