Is this picture talking to you about your weekend?

It is me.

Here’s what it’s saying –

All the straight crisp lines in this picture were made by man.

All the crooked blurry lines were made by God.

So why do you expect that a good day is a day under control, on time, predictable, with only a few unimposing pleasant surprises?

That’s not God’s way, that’s your way.

On the few times God makes straight lines we take pictures of them while driving down the highway. And the lines aren’t even that straight. It gets our attention because God’s straight lines happen so seldom.

Why should this weekend–heck, this whole year–be any different?

I want straight and predictable and then I complain because I get trucks, guard rails, and telephone poles.

I hope your weekend–and mine–is filled with something wavy, blurry, and once-in-a-lifetime.


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About the Author


Gary Morland helps you feel better about your most challenging family relationships, and helps you actually improve those relationships - all by adopting simple attitudes, perspectives, expectations, and actions (the same ones that changed him and his family).


  1. Kim P

    I so appreciate the voice that God has given you as a writer. Awesome post!

  2. Karen

    Your writings connect deeply with who I am and I so appreciate your ‘black and white’ style. It is simple, to the point, and oh so beautiful. Thank you for sharing who you are and in turn helping others to become better people. Blessings to you and yours.

  3. Reese

    “I want straight and predictable and then I complain because I get trucks, guard rails, and telephone poles.”

    Me too. I become bored with the predictable – which is a really good reminder for me. I’ve been longing for predictable stuff because life has been anything but that for a long time. I’ve been so busy resisting the unknown, I’ve forgotten to embrace the adventure. I’m going to remember that, “all the crooked blurry lines were made by God” and rest in His grace.

    I was feeling discouraged and frustrated today and now feel full of peace. Thanks for sharing, Gary!

    • Thank YOU Reese. We need both the routine and the adventure don’t ya think?

      • Reese

        Yes. I’m seeing that need for both very clearly right now.

  4. Abbie

    And beauty. Usually the things God creates are far more beautiful than what we do. Not that He doesn’t grace artists (of all kinds) with the ability to help us see beauty.

  5. Pam

    Your words always inspire! With God I can take on the wavy and the blurry : ) Thank you for your words.

  6. M

    There’s something so familiar/warm & fuzzy about your “voice”, waiting in my mailbox! I love it! YOU, (& only you:), could fill up my e-mail with as many wonderful, thought provoking, eloquant & tantalizing (juicy) topics, as you like:) You are such a blessing, G! Yes, YOU!!! Thank you & God bless… <3 M

    • Too kind M. You’re a big encouragement. Hope your weekend’s awesome.

  7. Natalie

    Well observed and shared. God’s ways are certainly not mine. He knows what he’s doing. Maybe someday I’ll learn to be comfortable with blurry, crooked lines. Looking forward to 31 days of posts in my email.

  8. Pam Cason

    LOVE this! What you say often makes me laugh, but you always make me think. Thanks, Gary!

    I’m looking forward to your 31 day posts, and I’m a lot excited and a bit anxious because I’ve decided to join in too. I don’t know if I can write for 31 days straight about the same topic, but I’m sure looking forward to trying. You’ve encouraged me in my writing more than you’ll probably ever realize : ) Thanks for that too. Looking forward to what God has in store for the next 31 days!

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