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Have you ever been “warped”?  I’m not asking about crazy things you’ve done in your past.  The kind of “warped” I’m talking about is the kind where someone takes a photo of you and, using some computer program, they distort certain of your facial features until you look nothing like your normal self.

My beloved (and sometimes mischievous) daughter warped me – and then posted it on her Facebook.  What a strange set of feelings rose up in me as I looked at the photo of me, warped.  (“That does not look like me!  Ew!  I don’t want people to see me looking like that!  Ooooo… my daughter is so grounded!)

Vanity, thy name is Wendi.

Vanity (or perhaps pride) demands that I show you only the best possible presentation.  To the left of this post, in the sidebar, you see my “professional” black and white headshot.  As a performer, I have to have a good photo for orchestra programs, my web site, publicity, etc.  I had a stylist who did a great job of covering up my … um… authenticity.

Now, gaze upon me, warped:

 Me warped


Pretty funny, right?  OK, you can stop laughing now.  Seriously.

Allow me to switch gears here for a minute.  I thought for a long time about how to title this post.  The comma in the first set of quotes and the lack of it in the second set is significant.  “Me, Warped” suggests that something was done to me.  “Me Warped” is Tarzan language to say that I AM warped, which, to me, is more accurate.

Without God, without faith, without Jesus, I am most definitely warped.  I’m sorry to tell you this, but we all are.  The faces we show in public betray the chaos underneath.  And since God doesn’t look at our outward appearance, but on the heart (1 Samuel 16:7) I’m thinking that what God sees when He looks at me is something like the photo above -that is, until my…um…authenticity is covered, not by make-up and hairspray, but by the One who took the rap for my every shortcoming and wrongdoing.

So now I can say with confidence, “Me warped.”  And God says, “Jesus fix.”


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