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Plaster Master

Because you have rejected this message, relied on oppression and depended on deceit, this sin will become for you like a high wall, cracked and bulging, that collapses suddenly, in an instant.  Isaiah 30:12 NIV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.Years ago, I had a crack problem.

Thinking I could cover my ceiling crack myself, I spent hours researching and choosing materials. I wasn’t feeling too confident, so I hired someone to repair the crack.

The handyman explained that he could spackle, sand, and paint the crack, but it might crack again in the same spot. He could try to coat it with textured paint, but there was a good chance the crack would show.

The tiles were unevenly sized, and the room wasn’t perfectly square. The seams between the tiles needed to be smoothed over, painted, and blended. We spent three times the amount we budgeted because of all the mistakes and rework. When finally completed, the ceiling had small imperfections, but it was nowhere near the eyesore it had been from the initial crack that divided the ceiling in half.

Three months passed. I saw the ceiling under different lighting. Ripples formed on the ceiling tiles covering the crack. I didn’t want to accept it, but those imperfections were meant to be there.

Just like my ceiling, we weren’t meant to be perfect. God created us in His image, but not exactly like Him. He wants us to strive to be like Jesus, though He knows we will fall short every time. He wants us to join Him in heaven in spite of our sinful ripples and cracks.

Thank God for loving you in spite of your cracks—the flaws, the shortcomings, and the failures. Also, thank Him for accepting you into heaven to live with Him forever.

(Photo courtesy of pixabay.)

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Gina Napoli

Gina Napoli lives in Harrisburg, PA, and is author of Clunk on the Head: How the Holy Spirit Got Our Attention. She has also been published in Highlights for Children, Pockets, Guardian Angel Kids, Hopscotch, and Humpty Dumpty. She publishes articles regularly in two regional publications: The Burg and Business Woman. She also publishes in the state-wide online magazine, Keystone Edge. Her writing is featured in two book anthologies: A Community of Writers and Bitter Sweet. Two hundred of her pieces appear in almost sixty different print and electronic media venues.