I’ve always envied people who could take a problem or an issue or a concept and break it down concisely into one sentence or a little “package” of information. The folks who excel in the 140 characters or less Twitter environment. But it seems I could be misdirected in my envy. Conciseness is not always the key. Sometimes the largeness; the extent; the very SIZE of the picture is important and not to be missed.
If I see something in it’s entirety, and observe all of it’s nuances and colours and textures, I may just begin to grasp what God was really trying to say. Or not. If I break it down and compress it into a ZIP file, I may miss the REAL message. Maybe the real message is the picture itself? If Ezekiel had not seen the entire valley of dry bones, would his prophecy have been as riveting?? An entire army of dry bones gets up, walks and lives……can you hear the rattle of the bones knocking together? Did you feel the ground rumble under their feet as they began to stand and walk? Did you see the dust rise? Not really the same if just ONE skeleton comes to life, is it??
If you didn’t hear, feel or see all that, you just might be one of those concise Twitter people, and you might be wondering what on earth I’m trying to say?!
My envy slapped me in the face today and I began to think about conciseness from another viewpoint…….
Where are we missing the point of what God wants to do?? When we look at ourselves and other believers in the Body of Christ, do we see what He wants to do, or do we have our own agenda and want to slot people into it? If they don’t fit the mould, do we throw out the mould, or throw out the person? Do we have our own ideas for the way things should be? Is there an ulterior motive for our attention to that matter in the first place? Is our heart really involved in this process? Do we understand what our place is in the divine plan? Are we resisting the difference in the way we see and experience God vs the way others do? Why is that a problem? Is it important that we all see Him the same way?
As exactly the “same” God?
Is this multiple choice?
Is this a trick question?
Maybe all of the above.
If WE are not all exactly the same, then why do we think God sees us as little robots and doles out stuff to us in exactly the same way?
If we can see Him as the One who heals, but He heals different parts of us; whatever part needs the healing, then that would be OK, wouldn’t it?
If we can see Him as the Comforter, but He soothes different parts of our life, that would be OK, wouldn’t it?
If we can see Him as the God who provides, but our provision ranges from the bare minimum of physical necessities to material wealth; from extreme joy to barely cracking a smile, that would be OK, wouldn’t it?
If what we have is sufficient for us at the time.
We all want what we don’t have. The “thing” I want, is the thing I don’t have. What is the “thing” for you? Peace? Joy? A new toy? Physical healing? Relationship healing? Love? Patience? Kindness? Goodness? Faith?! (Do you know, or are you blindly following what everyone else is chasing?)
He’s got it all, but we are not willing to let go of what we currently have in our hand, to let Him give us something that we really NEED.
I decided to give up conciseness for seeing the big picture.
What is it that you really need today?
Ask Him for that.
Go ahead; ask Him.
I dare you.