Imperfectly Perfect

Today was an ordinary day. I did my ordinary routine. I ate my ordinary breakfast and went to work. I dealt with ordinary people. I saw their imperfect lives and listened as they tried to justify their actions. I watched them put their masks on. And I thought about how I do the very same things so often. In my mind I thought about brokenness. It has been a stream flowing through me in the past weeks. I have been seeing my fractured, broken self.

As I was considering all of this today, I asked myself, “What is that Japanese tea ritual, the one where they display the imperfect cups and speak about the beauty within the”? I couldn’t think of the answer. It was years ago I heard of it. Where the imperfect is beautiful.

And then I came to this prompt and there it was. Wabi-Sabi, the art of imperfection. Why today? The very day I was feeling broken and seeing the same in everyone else? I don’t believe in luck. I believe things happen for a reason and sometimes we get to really understand. I believe God’s original intention was that all be perfect, but because of sin we needed a Savior. I believe Jesus redeemed mankind so now even though we have imperfection God sees us as beautiful. We are broken and it is okay. We can love and be loved in our brokenness.

Angels look on us
In awe that God would bother
To bestow His grace

A haibun. My first attempt. To write in the world view of Wabi-Sabi. It recognizes the circle of life, that thing die, break,, disintegrate, and to find therein beauty.

This is awesomely true today!

About Mary (tqhousecat)

I am a wife and a mother of two grown children. I love Jesus and sharing my faith through written words. I currently have a poetry blog and also write on My main focus is hope in Christ. I only wish that whoever reads this will be blessed, inspired and occasionally amused.
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24 Responses to Imperfectly Perfect

  1. How very special. Like you, I believe God guides us, touches our brokenness in just the way we need at the moment…especially since I’m confronting my fragility too.


  2. “We can loved and be loved in our brokenness”- how eloquent.


  3. This is a great story! What a “coincidence!” Of course, I don’t really believe in coincidence.


  4. An honest rendering of how things are for some. And there is still beauty.


  5. Grace says:

    Synchronicity! I am glad you found us, and we, you. We are beautiful in all our ordinary, imperfect, broken ways.

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  6. Thanks Grace, for your encouragement and welcoming comment.


  7. Nice serendipity at play. Welcome to dVerse.


  8. lillian says:

    Beauty in everyone and everything. No one thing or person is perfect. Your words ring true here. I taught English 10 in the early 70s….when Star Trek was popular on tv — with Captain Kirk and Spock. Spock was supposedly “perfect” — devoid of emotion so he could always decide and see the right. Sometimes my students would be upset that they couldn’t understand Shakespeare, or they’d made a mistake in a test, or they’d talk to me about mistakes they’d made in other classes or in sports that they were upset about. And I often would say….well, I don’t see anyone in this room with pointed ears (Spock had pointed ears)! Sorry to digress….but your haibun reminded me of this. And in fact, when you think about it, Spock the perfect was quite boring!


  9. Perfection is vastly overrated. There’ll always be someone to complain about the colour, or it should have another wheel…


  10. Frank Hubeny says:

    Very nice haibun. I like the phrase “God would bother” in the haiku part. The only God of value is the one who would bother.

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  11. Wow, I love your comment. Thanks for visiting!

    Liked by 1 person

  12. A beautiful write from beginning to end, capped by a beautiful haiku. Thank you for sharing.


  13. Very lovely halibun with a religious message. We don’t share the same religion, but I felt the peace, comfort and encouragement in your words.


  14. Thank you. I appreciate your comments. We are created to love and be loved so if you receive that, I am blessed.


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