Nimbus clouds are the worst. And cumulus clouds, too. Cirrus clouds are the good ones.
Weeping willow trees are disgusting. And magnolia trees, too. Pine trees are the only good ones.
Can you imagine saying that kind of stuff to God?
“HEY GOD!!!! Nice try with the flowers. You only got tulips right.”
We wouldn’t dare.
But we do. With people. Every day.
You know what I’m tired of? Us being unsatisfied with who we are. And I’m not talking about wanting to become a better person. I’m talking about our standards.
We hate our hair. We hate our skin. We hate our body type. We hate our clothes. We often base our opinions of others on these things. I do, anyway. We tell God, “Yo, nice try on that one.”
And we let other people make us feel bad about ourselves because we’re too quiet or too loud or too tall or a little overweight or too messy. Sometimes we make OURSELVES feel bad about this stuff! Can you imagine God playing favorites the way we do? Would he ever say, “Hey, Andrew, you’re a bit chubby, fatty. You suck!” No way! But we do it to ourselves.
It’s some kind of crap.
You know one reason I think God made so many types of clouds and trees and animals? To show us that difference is something built into this life. Something he not only DESIGNED but something he delights in. He wanted us to see differences all over this planet and know we can be different as people and still be great.
I’m super tired of feeling less than others because I like being by myself or because I don’t have the coolest clothes. I’m tired of hearing girls fret about their hair not being perfectly styled or that they’re not wearing make-up! How exhausting! I bet God doesn’t care about maybe 90% of what we obsess over.
And why do you worry about clothes?
_Jesus in Matthew 6:28
So many of us work so hard to fit into a mold. Some of us try to squeeze into the right group, the right house, the right pair of pants.
You know what God loves? Squeezing more of himself into us.
And I’m not saying clothes and Christ are mutually exclusive, but we fuss and fret about a million other things God doesn’t care much about. I’m tired of that crap! I really am. Because Jesus talked about those of us who worry about this life too much.
Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.
I don’t know the road forward. I don’t. But I know the road I DON’T want to travel. And I pray to God for all of us that he will lead us down the narrow road. Do you know why I pray about it? Mainly because I don’t know what else to do. But also because it was all the Apostle Paul did. He didn’t have 15 steps to holiness or some secret teaching that guaranteed a happy life. He trusted God to make the magic happen. He told the Ephesians…
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
What will make us really attractive to the world isn’t our hair or skin or clothes. It will be the kindness and love of Jesus inside us. And that only gets inside us because of the Holy Spirit. Let’s fuss about that!
God, please give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so we may know you better!