“God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27
Awkward center. Off to the left. Somewhere in between. We find ourselves in all of these places down life’s roads. Some of us are comfortable in the spotlight, others not. God places us in situations that we cannot escape from until we learn the lessons that they teach. And for some of us, these lessons continue over and over again because we refuse to listen. We refuse to be shaped and perfected by the glorious hand of God.
God’s image of us is the reflection of His face, not the world’s. The soul is not perfected by awards or mistakes but by looking more and more like the divine. It is our inner core, the who-we-are, the depth, the echo inside of our hearts.
We are each so uniquely fashioned
Advent, this year, proved a time of searching for me. I felt a sort of dysmorphic disorder in my soul. Who was I supposed to be? I had some ideas in my head, but I wasn’t sure if those ideas were true. My mind began racing, a thousand thoughts. Books about the saints overwhelmed me. I was in no place to be who God wanted me to be, so I thought.
I took a day off of work. I went to a church that I had never been to. I needed to hear a voice that I had never heard.
Sometimes the familiar is just too familiar. I needed to get outside of my comfort zone.
I went through mass rigidly. The homily was not for me. Father finished what He was saying. And there, there was the message, right before the sendoff.
“We don’t have to be perfect. Our heavenly Father makes us perfect.”
This thought came out of nowhere. It was not the theme of the scriptures. It was not the subject of the homily. It was written for me. I had to hear it
We should not strive for perfection, we should strive for fiat
Let it be done to me according to your word
This fiat combined with the the understanding that I am perfectly and wonderfully made in the image of God gave my soul peace. Things work because I let God work. Things don’t work because that’s not what God wants me to do or where He wants me to be. I am accepted and loved by Him regardless.
I am exactly where and who I am supposed to be
If today you are asking the same questions that I did, I invite you to breathe both the scripture in Genesis and Father’s words.
Be who you are. Allow God to perfect you. Stop striving to attain perfection.
This formula will bring peace to your heart and soul. Say it a million times if you have to, I certainly did. Once you have the stability of being who God made you His loving hand will do the work if you allow it. The struggle will melt in His hands.
And that… that’s what makes us perfect, for Him.