Allow me to introduce you to our pet hummingbird, Junior. Okay, he’s really not our pet but he is a hummingbird that frequents our backyard. We named him Junior because he has a bit of a hummingbird defect. He makes a very distinct sound when he flies. Remember The Jetsons cartoon and the sound their space ship made? Junior sounds just like that.

We named him Junior after his dad Chester who also made a very distinct sound. Chester sounded like an old engine sputtering, choking and misfiring — on its last leg. Sadly, we don’t see Chester anymore. Sigh. But we do see Junior who shares Chester’s darling defect.

Junior’s darling defect is what makes him so endearing.

Sidebar, are we the only ones that name wildlife locals?

Maybe, just maybe, our defects are what make us memorable, endearing, and approachable to the world around us. Maybe those darling defects are what keep us humble and dependent on our Savior. Maybe they are the very things that make God smile when He looks at us.

So maybe, just maybe, we need to cut ourselves a little slack and embrace the grace that God so freely gives us.

For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
Psalm 139:13-16 (NKJV)