Now, I was going to title this, “The Regret Cure,” but regrets take longer to cure than one article–it’s an everyday thing, isn’t it? We wake up and have to forgive ourselves each and every day and hour and minute (or choose if we are going to, at all, that day.) Because what makes time feel the longest? “What if”s, regrets, and grief. Those three things make time–even seconds–feel like a whole eternity. Maybe a slew of several eternities.
On my own journey of constant regret and “looking in the rearview” God has spoken a few very interesting things to me, and I want to share the most recent whisper:
“My Perfection is greater than your imperfection.”-God
I loved this, because the thing that plagues me the most in all my regrets is that I am always 99% sure that I’ve messed up everything God ever tried to give me or guide me to. And he’s always told me, “Child, you aren’t powerful enough to mess up my plan. Nothing can ruin what I have in store. Do you really think that for the million years I knew of you that I couldn’t plan for every mistake I knew you’d make? Do you think I didn’t think this through? Do you think I haven’t known you since before I created you? I know everything about you! The future is as the past is, to me.”
And that truth is probably the only thing that has ever kept me in the ballpark of sanity. But, of course, being a chronic doubter, I always have somehow found some excuse that proved that certainly I could mess everything up–destroy it entirely–and certainly God is only ever recalculating like a GPS.
But, then he tells me again and again, and now he’s added that sweet piece: “My Perfection is greater than your imperfection.”
Do you really think that our small imperfections (or, big ones, to us) really are any kind of match to God’s Perfection? His Plan is ultimate and oversees every little thing. Nothing can come to pass without it fulfilling his final purpose. His Perfection oversees everything. His Perfection doesn’t fail. It doesn’t make mistakes. And it rules over everything in his story–everything through the final end when His Plan is complete.
My friend, your imperfections are no match for God’s Perfection.
God isn’t a GPS, and you are not lost. There is nothing you can do to surprise God or throw his plan for a loop. He planned for all the loops 🙂 and made provision for every “detour.” There is never a true detour, friend. Those are only in our minds, because our sight is so limited and our understanding doesn’t compare to his knowledge.
Here is a small exercise to practice this week: Capitalize the attributes of God to acknowledge their absoluteness and ultimateness. Make it a habit in your mind to see God’s attributes as the highest above anything. Capitalizing His truth is one way to make it stand out in your mind that He IS the ultimate, unfailing, always-honest-and-capable Truth.
His Perfection is the highest perfection–the only infallible and truthful perfection.