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Imperfect by Design

253024_281307985303627_607499570_n“And lest I should be exalted above measure . . . there was given to me a thorn in the flesh . . . .”  2 Cor. 12:7

It is difficult to imagine bodily imperfections as part of God’s grand design for us.  But strangely enough they are exactly what bring God the greatest glory. That each of us has a purpose that is divinely inspired becomes clear as we grow through varying degrees of Grace. We discover our destiny may sometimes be delayed, but it is never denied simply because of how we look or what we go through. Sooner or later, we learn that God does not love us any less because we are not perfect.

Apostle Paul said, he was given a thorn in the flesh.  In other words, his plight was not accidental. It was not given to humiliate him, but to humble him for the plan and purpose of bringing glory to God. Paul’s weakness actually perfected the Lord’s strength in him.

My personal “thorn” was difficult to accept until I learned our vulnerabilities strengthen our faith and further the Gospel. I did not understand what the Lord was doing when he allowed me this flaw in the color of my skin. Like Paul, I prayed three times that He would remove it. And He responded as to Paul, “My Grace is enough for you.” “My strength is made perfect in your weakness.” I still did not understand, but somehow, I found great comfort in those words. Now, I am stronger for what I have been through. I now know that imperfections are not scars of the Lord’s displeasure, but beauty marks to remind us that God’s healing Grace is all we need.


I now see, I am a work of art — imperfect by designbeautifully flawed like each unique pearl. Even more, I am a Divine Original– fashioned by God.

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