I don’t know about you, but as a crafty person I have innumerable projects that I happily began work on at one time or another … Then life happened, or I got another project idea and the old project went into storage. Now I have them all tucked away in various corners and storage boxes waiting for the day when I can finish them.
I like finished projects. I can look at them and have that feeling of accomplishment – satisfaction that the work is done and I can enjoy what I’ve made. The beauty or usefulness of a finished project is one I enjoy.
I often wish I were a completed project. But I am not. I am a woman still under construction, unfinished, a work in progress.
Sometimes that is quite discouraging, because I can get caught up in the feeling of inadequacy that comes from the unfinished seams of life. I can feel like a mess – but I can only see the unfinished state I am in. I am imperfect and my life is messy. That’s hard for me. I want to handle every situation perfectly. I want to do everything just right and not make mistakes. Yet I am not there, I am unfinished.
I was really feeling that messy unfinishedness this week, and it tends to get me down. I struggle with it and wrestle with it and pray hard about it, because sometimes it feels like I will never be finished, never be complete.
Then, in my morning reading of the Bible (which I desperately need every day and somehow have not had consistently), I opened to Philippians and read the words my thirsty, tired self needed today:
“In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 1:4-6 NIV
It is refreshing to realize that even in my messy unfinished state, God is at work. I may not be able to see the final product, but He doesn’t give up on me. Even on days where it feels like I have failed miserably, God still look at me and loves me and keeps working in my heart and my life.
And because of His love, His mercy, and His grace – I can move forward, knowing that He sees the end goals and will carry this unfinished project to completion. He won’t dump me in a corner or a storage box somewhere and leave me unfinished.
That is amazing grace.