I woke up in the wee hours of this morning, as is my usual routine. I don’t sleep well and once I’m awake, I cannot go back to sleep. I will go to my office and try to get some work done or I may turn on the TV—go to Hulu Plus—and watch reruns of “Say Yes to the Dress.”
This morning it occurred to me that I had not written a blog for today. Needless to say, I headed to my office, only to find that my desk looked like a tornado had passed through and had the audacity to come back. I immediately began to clear paperwork, put items back in their place, all the while praying that God would give me an idea for today’s blog. His idea came to me almost immediately. “Just like you cannot work unless your desk is perfectly clean, there are many people, including you, who feel they cannot come to Me unless their life is perfect.”
Ouch. Don’t you love it when God shares a profound thought, but includes you as one of the ones who needs to change?
So I began to think about what God said and realized that somewhere along the way, without even realizing it, I had begun to believe that I had to be perfect before approaching God in prayer, spending quiet time listening for Him to speak – anything God-related. I thought I had to be “perfect” and pretty – all neatly wrapped with a ribbon and bow. How foolish of me! And if you feel you must be perfect before approaching God, how foolish of you!
What? Do we think He doesn’t already know our flaws, our imperfections, our sins? Of course He does. And He wants us to come to Him with our flaws, our imperfections, our sins.
Why? You would think a perfect God would want a perfect people, right? Wrong. He wants us to come to Him just as we are, broken, wounded, sinners—so that His mercy and grace will overflow our life and He will forgive us of our sins. He wants to pour out His unconditional, extravagant love into us and, that in our weakness, He will show Himself strong on our behalf.
So untie the bow, take off the ribbon, remove the wrapping paper and come just as you are. He is waiting.
Listen and watch as Crowder sings “Come As You Are.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HELQyZNnR-g