I wonder what happened? A
missing petal caused the lily to
appear incomplete. I feel that
way sometimes, when I’m caught
off guard and respond in ways
that are or unkind to those
around me. Then perfection
raises its ugly head and accuses:
“You’re still flawed, incomplete, imperfect!”
Disappointment grips my heart and I cry out…“How long O Lord, how long?”
Then I hear the still small voice within; “As long as it takes.”
And my heart is encouraged.
How about you? Ever get discouraged or impatient when your reactions fail to
reflect the love of God? If so, isn’t it good to remember the promises from God’s Word.
The truth is, every follower of Jesus is a work in progress, and we need to trust Him
to do the changing while we do the trusting. The Bible encourages us to let our roots
grow down deep in the soil of God’s love and embrace this promise.
I am certain that God, who began the good work
within you, will continue His work until it is finally
finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
Philippians 1:6 NLT