This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “complete.”
There is a beauty in completeness.
The part of me that loves order likes nothing better than to see a task completed successfully, to feel like a gathering of people is complete with everyone there, to feel like I completely understand something, or that I feel completely at ease with a person or a situation.
Those moments are wonderful, but all too rare.
Too often the task remains unfinished, people are missing, there are unanswered questions, or worries and anxieties creep in and override any sense of peace.
Sometimes it all just feels so incomplete.
Maybe because it is.
In my search for completeness I discovered a verse that helped me, not because it made me complete, but because it was honest about the reality that in this broken world nothing is complete.
“Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.” (1 Corinthians 13:12 NLT)
The great thing is that as well as acknowledging the reality of incomplete, this verse speaks hope.
One day the completeness we long for will be ours.
And in the meantime, God knows us completely- in all our incompleteness and he is with us, helping us through.
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6 ESV)