Highland Avenue Community Church of the Nazarene in Rancho Cucamonga, California

Perfection’s Best

ww-perfectionsbestThe first garden

God’s wondrous creation!

Perfect in every way as God is perfect

Beauty personified in the Garden of Eden

The ideal locale wherein man was to dwell forever

But in place of the ideal

God’s sublime plan for mankind

Perfection was lost!

Sin entered the world amid God’s perfect garden

And yet…

In today’s realm of horticulture

Man seeks to recreate that which God did perfectly.

“The perfect garden”

Well trimmed trees and manicured bushes

Weed-free flower beds

Vibrant, full blooming flowers year round

Trimmed and luscious green lawns

No dandelions!

Fruitful trees and bountiful vegetables

Flawless and delicious

We endeavor to make perfect…

…that which is not!

Striving always for perfection

A pristine garden

And so the striving continues

Beyond the garden

Into each and every life

A striving to be “in control”

Seeking perfection

To have everything well ordered and in its place

A well trimmed life!

Weed-free of difficulties, pain and hardship

Everything wonderful and flowery

No dandelions!

Only success and goodness allowed

Fruitfulness and prosperity

Always “in control” of the outcome

Striving to figure out the “what ifs” in life

Blowing every difficulty out of proportion

Planning for every contingence and scenario

Seeking only our own agenda and outcome

Having all our ducks in a straight line

Stressed out if we don’t have instant answers

And yet…

Inescapable non-perfection!

Things go wrong!

The weeds of life persist

The flaws of mankind remain

Perfection is lost! Life happens!

Not all is perfection and loveliness

We endeavor to make perfect that which is not!

To whom can we turn?

There is but One who can fill our deepest need.

Let us run to the One who is perfect!

To God who is infinite wisdom and understanding

Whose plans are perfect in every way!

To a Savior who upholds us and loves us unconditionally

Who can change our striving into trusting!

Change our messes into marvelous masterpieces

The only One who can gird us with His perfection

And bring us into everlasting life in glory!

Perfection’s best!


· Proverbs 3:1-10 – …Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
· Isaiah 43:16-21- “Forget the former things;…I am doing a new thing!…I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.
· Matthew 6:19-34 – … “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. … “Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life,…but seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
· Matthew 7:13-14 – …But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
· II Corinthians 4:1-18 – …For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what it seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
· Hebrews 12:1-13 – …Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Written September 27, 2013 by Madeline Beber

Still learning to trust rather than finagle my own way

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