Square Pegs In Round Holes

June 12, 2017
by Jan Korvemaker

Psalm 139:14 – I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (NIV)

I used to want my life to be like squares — everything (including myself) neatly fitting together and lining up perfectly — and I wanted people to respond in that way as well. I wanted to know exactly what to expect, when to expect it, and how to expect it! No surprises, just predictability!

But life's not like that, and to be perfectly honest, I don't like being put into the boxes that others seem to feel that I belong in!

When we really think about it, no two things in this creation, on this earth, and, I venture to say, in this universe, are exactly identical!

We've all been taught that no snowflake is identical to any other snowflake. Similarly, no two blades of grass are exactly alike, nor is one grain of sand the same as another. Everything has different facets, and nothing is exactly symmetrical or fits into exactly the same mold. God didn't create this universe or anything in it that way. No formula! No mold! Entirely freehand and yet perfect!

Even when we are being formed in our mother's womb, not one of our cells is the same as another: ears, eyes, heart, bones, nerves, skin, brain — all are different, with different functions — similar perhaps, but not identical.

God also created different gifts and abilities in each one of us. Even if those gifts, talents, or abilities are similar, they are still uniquely our own, and we use them in different and unique ways. No two musicians interpret the same piece of music in the same way. No two people see a sunrise in exactly the same way. We don't view or interpret things the same; we don't react the same.

So why are we so insistent that people fit into the boxes or moulds we think that they belong in? Why do we want square pegs to fit into round holes? Why do we want to love (and hate) things and people because of the way we categorize them?

Parents all know that not one of their children is the same as another. Everyone wants children that are a chip off the old block, but we all know that they cannot be, nor ought they be compared to ourselves or to each other.

Even our love for one another differs, doesn't it?

God's love for us is like that: God doesn't love us all the same … Uh, what? Think about it: He can't, because He created each one of us uniquely, and therefore He loves each one of us uniquely — not more or less, but uniquely — which makes each one of us special in our own unique way.

While I like things to be straightforward, neither I nor my life is really like squares, nor would I want it that way! There are many, many facets to who I am and who God created me to be. So, in that sense, we are alike: each is a unique and special creation, created by God in His image. He loves each one of us just as we are, and He calls us to do the same.

Prayer: Thank You, O Lord, for who You made me to be and for who You made each one of us to be. Give us Your love for others, and help us to view them as unique and special creations, rather than trying to fit them into the boxes of our own perceptions. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Jan Korvemaker <jankorvemaker@shaw.ca>

Parksville, British Columbia, Canada


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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    A good word for today, Jan.


    That was very insightful. Thanks.


    Thank you, Jan, for sharing your thoughts with us. Blessings.


    Thank-you for this reminder, blessings,
    (Ont)


    Thank you, Jan. Your words resonate and are timely and helpful.
    Blessings.


    Very thought provoking. An excellent way to view ourselves and others – unique. Thank you for your devotional.


    Hi!
    This is a unique and thought-provoking devotional.
    Thanks.


    Attempting to meet deadlines and other people are not!
    Very appropriate message for me today.
    Thank you.


    Dear Jan
    Beautifully said. Thank you for writing this for all to see.
    God bless you in your wonderful singularity.


    Jan
    What an interesting devotional! I thought about when I was writing. No two alike other than we all struggle in writing what God has laid upon our hearts!
    I will be looking for your next one.
    God bless.


    Dear Jan,
    Thank you for your wise words today. The judgmental part is all too easy, and as you suggest we need to slow down and let the Holy Spirit guide our thoughts to see others through God’s eyes.
    Thank you for this blessing, and blessings to you!
    (BC)


    Thank you, Jan, for this devotional that is a very good reminder for all of us. Our teenage granddaughter has been visiting us for a week with her red-dyed hair… something my husband I would have never thought of doing or allowing our children to do. Gratefully, none of our children thought about it. BUT, she is a wonderful child and your devotional seems to have been written to remind me of that.
    (Texas)


    Wow what a wonderful message, one that really everyone should read and take to heart in this time.
    I fully agree with you and it is too bad we couldn’t somehow get this moving on FB or Twitter or some other social network instead of all “please forward” junk that comes in my mailbox. I’m not computer smart enough to do it but I would sure love this message to get out on it. Thank you. I will certainly forward this Presbyterian Daily to my friends.


    Thank you Jan. Your devotional is helpful; however, I am writing to you mainly as seeing your address stirs a lot of emotion in me. I had a dear friend who lived nearby you and who died recently.
    Thank you, Jan, for your thoughtful devotional. I am presently living in, in a village near the Halifax Airport.so greetings from a faithful reader of PresbyCan.
    (NS)


    Wow, I almost could have written this devotional myself! But then again, it wouldn’t have been exactly the same, would it? (pardon the pun)! Just near the end of this last winter, God spoke this understanding to me over about three days. I thought, okay, I get it, no two people are the same and therefore they do not need to act or think just like me!
    Praise Him for His never-ending patience with me! How small minded I was to expect this kind of thing from others. Oh yes, He even used the thought of how each snowflake is completely different!
    I love how you expressed this in your writing.
    Well since then, this fact that He had impressed upon me so strongly, came in handy quite often! So believe me, I do know this now! God is so good and He is so faithful to teach us what we need to know, even if I wish now that I would have understood this a long time ago because it certainly makes quite a difference in our relationships with anybody.
    Thank you, Jan, for writing what you did … I found it so delightful!
    May God bless you for all you do for Him!


    Thank you, Jan, for giving me a very special look on God’s world and His people.
    Every Blessing on your day.


    Hi Jan
    We are uniquely made indeed.
    Thank you for writing.


    Dear Jan
    I loved your devotional. I love it when my mind is challenged to make me think outside the square box. When we stop asking questions, we become stagnant and stop from growing. Sometimes we put God in a square box and forget that He is not what we think He should be. Please keep writing, it is time for a wake-up call!


    Dear Jan Korvemaker,
    Amen to this.
    Keep writing.

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