Thinking more about the various flaws in my work in the pantry, I have to confess that even while I wrote that “It’s only a pantry,” it worried me that I wasn’t doing it well enough. I really did try to get it to look right. In fact, when doing some closets, replacing old metal shelving with wooden units, I worked very hard to get the wall smooth and the paint lines clean. Despite this, there remained areas that were less than perfect. I admit that in the pantry I was in a hurry and didn’t want to get sanding dust all over the kitchen. I used a coarse sponge only dampened to smooth out the final coat of drywall mud. I used only one coat of primer, and one coat of paint, too.
Yesterday, with the paint having sat a day, I walked into the pantry and the walls look pretty good. I’m ready to start the shelves. Even the small, noticeable spots that aren’t perfectly smooth look good. They add character. Really, they do.
In relation to flaws, I wrote about David asking G-d to examine him, and how hard it is to do the same for myself. I talked of G-d cleaning up some of our flaws that might cause bigger problems if left unattended. But what about the other flaws? As I thought more about them, I wondered if some flaws don’t add character, too. Additionally, there may also be some benefits to some flaws left un-repaired. Think about Paul, and what he wrote to the church at Corinth.
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
2 Corinthians 12:7
Some say Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” was problems with his eyes. It doesn’t matter. What does matter is that Paul came to understand that the “thorn” was beneficial to his walk with the Lord. Perhaps Paul’s “thorn” could be said to give him his unique character.
Lord Bless, Keep, Shine . . .