God does not do things the way you do

God often uses ways totally different from the ways humans normally operate. John was a prophet who came before Jesus and prepared the way for him. Yet if he were alive today and living his normal life, most Christians would categorize him as mentally ill and homeless. “For food he ate locusts and wild honey.” He lived in the wilderness. I’d guess he did not take regular baths, so his smell might have been fairly pungent. John’s message would not be popular either: “Repent of your sins and turn to God.” Repenting is admitting you are doing bad things and want to change, and most people don’t like to admit they’re doing wrong.

Yet in Matthew 11:11, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John the Baptist.”

Flowers are beautiful and span an amazing range of styles, shapes and colors. God put his creative powers to work when he crafted their many designs. Yet flowers last only a few days. Why did God lavish his energy on something that is so ephemeral? Again, his sense of economy is different than ours.

A small fly is incredible. We have not yet been able to make tiny robots that can zip around for hours, powered by things we don’t like to think about.

However, the object God lavished his most creative powers on is you. Remember that he created you for good things. It’s easy to look at the small picture and groan about how our lives are going or how things aren’t working out the way we planned. Consider how God has a bigger understanding of what is best for us. We can’t understand or know what’s best for us. But he does.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy what he’s doing.

(Paul Merrill writes here every First Friday.)

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