A couple of nights ago I accompanied my husband, Greg on a work assignment in downtown Seattle. He “moonlights” as a contractor for Starbucks doing light maintenance after hours – or any “emergency” situations. This was one of those. A homeless person decided to “take a dump” as it were – right outside Starbucks back door where their dumpsters are (it could have been worse – and sometimes is, but not this time). He gets paid a lot of money for being the on call emergency clean-up guy.
While we were driving from the east side into downtown Seattle – the skyline of the city was breathtaking.
This lead to some great conversation. You see, from afar – the city looks beautiful – but careful – you don’t want to look too close – you may see some things that are – well – kind of disturbing and not so pretty.
The inner city life and all the dirt and grime. Not so pretty. Drugs and alcohol abuse. Street walkers and dealers after hours. The raw and the gritty. Not pretty.
While we were discussing this great truth – I was reminded of a movie that we had seen recently “Soul Surfer” about the young girl who had her arm bitten off by a shark. In the story her Bible Study leader, played by Carrie Underwood, shows them several pictures of things up close and personal – things that looked AMAZING up close – and then when you backed up – you were seeing an ants eyeball. And then things that looked so HORRIBLE up close – were actually things that were surprisingly beautiful – like a flower petal.
Things are not always as they appear. Hardly ever. First impressions can be killers. And sometimes our imagination is WAY better than the real thing. A little like every day life.
I love the way God takes me just as I am – up close and personal. He is not afraid to go deeper and see all the ugly things lurking beneath the surface. And He loves me just the same.
What have you discovered to be different up close and personal? How are you about accepting the good with the not so pretty in others around you?