Sunday, June 5, 2016
what is (not what we expect) strange
He discusses how Jesus doesn't fit our preconceived notions. He's referring to the resurrected Jesus, but it's true throughout His life.
It's also true throughout our lives, isn't it? God doesn't follow our expectations or play by our rules. He's not a tame lion.
But we forget that. We try to make Him follow our rules. We try to fit everything into our neat little packages. We try to make every relationship MAKE SENSE in our lives. We try to control the future (so it's not so scary) by predicting what will happen. And then one of two things happens... we either get confused and frustrated when things don't follow our plans, or we ignore the things that don't agree with our preconceived notions. The first makes us unhappy... the second is very bad for us.
But we have another option. We can decide NOT to try to make everything make sense. We can allow Him to do things in our lives that we DON'T understand, that DON'T match our preconceived notions of "how things should be." We can live right now in this moment, with an open, grateful hand, accepting the gifts that He deems fit to place into it.
We can choose to be amazed by the strangeness of it all.
God, thank You for NOT fitting into our boring little preconceived notions.