Friday, May 23, 2014

The Ugly Beautiful by Christie Smith

Colossians 1:18-20 (MSG)
"He was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—he is supreme in the end. From beginning to end he’s there, towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross."

I'm revisiting a phrase that Ann Voskamp introduced me to a few years ago in her book "One Thousand Gifts." It's what she termed the "ugly-beautiful." That is definitely my life right now!

My windows are ugly with beautiful little handprints.

My bathroom sink is ugly with beautiful toothpast splatters.

My kitchen sink is ugly with beautiful sippie cups and cereal bowls and chocolate milk stains. 

My floor is ugly with beautiful little legos that I'm sure I'll miss one day (but my feet won't!).

My counters are ugly with beautiful stickiness from a spill my independent little 3 year old left as she tried to prove she could do it herself.

My yard is ugly with beautiful tonka trucks and powerwheels and scooters and skateboards. 

My truck is ugly with beautiful school papers and gum wrappers and cracker crumbs.

My flowerbed is ugly with a beautiful trail of toy trucks and boats that lead to a "pond" made of sticks and bricks and garbage bags.

My desk is ugly with beautiful crayons and markers and coloring books filled with Dora and Lightning McQueen and Ninja Turtles. 

My bathtub is ugly with a beautiful ring of grime left over from a bath that washed the dirt off of a very dirty little boy. 

Yes...from the outside, my life looks ugly. From the inside I'm focusing on the beauty in the chaos. I'm choosing joy over frustration. Some of you may be far removed from the macaroni-legos-bedtime stories-Disney movies on repeat days. But what things are you missing in your life right now? What frustrations and expectations are you letting get in the way of what is really important in your life right now?

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