It is the first week of December and we just had our first official hard frost here where we live in Washington state. What happens to some veggies when they freeze? Well they turn to mush when they unthaw. Check out my frozen lettuce.
It is actually beautiful frozen, it looks nearly perfect. Bring it inside and watch it unthaw and it remained crisp and still edible. I got to it just in time–I was very surprised! Most vegetables hit with a frost don’t fair so well.
Consider what you perceive if you look at a “frozen” snapshot of people’s lives. It may appear perfect; beautiful even. For example, there was a family that used to sit in front of us at church. My kids could hardly sit still for one minute, and those parent’s kids sat perfectly still. I used to think, “If only my kid’s could be so nearly perfect in behavior and appearance!”
What I know now is that this scene was only a frozen snapshot of their family. Over time I have come to recognize that this family has had set backs, challenges and battles just as we have–just as every person and family does. Frozen snapshots of people’s lives are beautiful, but so often not the whole picture.
Before I became sick, too often I sought for us to be a picture perfect family. Over time and with experience, I know that seeking these comparisons does not bring happiness and that such a life is not even obtainable because as human’s we are simply imperfect. I believe that our imperfections are beautiful and are what brings us to seek Christ, who is perfect.
From the Bible we read in Luke 12
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
Sunday night, our 11-year-old daughter Keepsake Collector gave our family night lesson and as she concluded she said, “Christ needs to be at the center of our Christmas.” I did not help her or prompt her in anyway, she just knew the real meaning of Christmas for herself. My heart was aglow! I conclude, this first week of December, that moments like this are the real, perfect, frozen, snapshots we seek for in family living. May your December 2017 find many of these beautiful moments and may they be frozen in your hearts always.