There is a phrase I have used many times in the past years of writing, “A small pleasure is a great treasure.” And today I am going to share one with you all.
I have a rose bush on my small patio that brings me much joy–a small pleasure. It produces the most brilliant pink blossoms with a tantalizingly fragrant essence that permeates the entire area when brought inside. Well we had been having some very unusual weather patterns which was wreaking havoc on my lovely plant. But I had noticed a bud forming and was keeping a watchful eye for it to mature sufficiently to be cut. I realized it was not blooming properly—the petals were not formed correctly and were tinged with brown. However I decided to bring it in anyway and I am so glad I did. Because despite its lack of ideal appearance the color was just as delightful and the fragrance just as glorious. I realized that the blessing it brought had nothing to do with its appearance—it still remained a treasure. Which caused me to think of the following Scripture.
In I Samuel 16:7 we read these words spoken to Samuel: “…The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (NIV) We have many examples from the Bible bearing out this passage. Think of Abraham—he lied to Pharaoh about Sarah being his wife out of fear and later had a child with Hagar instead of waiting for God to supply his progeny according to His will. Then there is David whom God said was the apple of His eye and yet he committed adultery and murder. What about impetuous Peter who denied His Savior with cursing. And then there is Saul who was murdering God’s people but the Lord knew his heart and called him to be Paul. He became an outstanding leader and Bible author. And I could go on. In all these instances If God had only judged these people based on their actions as you or I would have, we would not have the benefit of their stories and contributions.
Thankfully God knows our hearts despite our sins and short comings—our imperfections. God does not throw us away or limit our potential because we have flaws. He still uses imperfect people today just as He did in times past for His glory. The Heavenly Father does not deem us as unworthy to be His child because our petals looks weird or are tinged with brown. Praise God for His grace, mercy, and forgiveness.
The brilliant and prolific writer Leonard Cohen in 1992 wrote a song entitled“Anthem” which was included in his album “The Future”. In closing today I am quoting a portion of that song that I love. The title of this blog is derived from it and it contains an amazing truth.
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
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