Psalm 104:30 When You send out Your breath, life is created, and the face of the earth is made beautiful and is renewed. (VOICE)
We ate at a Chinese restaurant the other day. While we were waiting for our food, the waitress created a rose out of the paper sleeve from a straw. Something you usually wad up and throw away became a flower.
Living with a loved one can be stressful, to say the least, but I am thankful even for that. It is making me more resilient and more patient (hopefully).
Even though more high-profile people have been open about their struggles with mental illness, it still carries a lot of stigma. Those with a brain disorder are ignored or avoided. Even in the church, the one place where they should feel safe.
God doesn’t see mentally ill people as throw-aways. Like the waitress, God can take imperfect people (and aren’t we all imperfect), and create something beautiful. He sees the flower in us before it is there.
I need to begin to see all people the way God does, as beautiful and renewed. It happens when His Holy Spirit breathes life into us.
Join with me as we resolve to have God-eyes. When we go through rough places with our mentally ill loved one, we will ask for Him to help us see that person the way He sees them.
After all, every one of us is an unfinished flower, being folded into a gorgeous bloom, part of His eternal bouquet.