Sometimes you don’t have to be actively searching for a word to get one.
Here lately I have been prone to a spirit of fault finding and complaining, I suppose, about my grandson. From time to time I’ve mentioned him as the consummate garbage collector, something I find irritating and not really productive.
The other day, I came across a video on YouTube of two testimonies. The one was of a mother who had lost a teenage daughter in a car accident with a drunken driver and she spoke of her walk (the mother) with the Lord as she learned about forgiveness. The other was of the song writer and singer who had been inspired, by her testimony, to write a song about forgiveness.
I wanted to share this at our weekly men’s group but I don’t own a laptop. Then it was, “I think Andrew has a laptop. I wonder if it works. Will I be able to set it up at the facility and get it going without running into problems that I won’t know how to fix.”
He comes down that day and “Yea I have one. It works. It’ll work up there and sure, you can use it. I’ll show you how.”
So that evening he goes up there with his mother and grandmother to do some work and I follow along a little later, just before the meeting is scheduled to begin.
I walk into the room and he is sitting there eating some bread sticks getting salt and butter all over his fingers and the laptop is open on the table there.
“Well is it going to work?” “Oh yea. It’s running now.” “Oh good. So what do I have to do?” “Nothing. It’s all set up.” Just click on,… and so on.”
I’m looking at the screen and thinking where to set it so that everyone would be able to see well. There is a big flat screen monitor about three feet wide mounted on the wall in that room and I half mentioned how good it would be if we could tie into that somehow.
“It’s already hooked up to it.” he says.
“It is!? How did you do that? I didn’t think we would be able to.”
He shows me. Pretty simple really, if you know what to do.
I could just picture it. He walks in, sees the flat screen and automatically hooks up to it. What’s to think about? Bigger is better. (On his own)
He had wiped the salt and butter off his fingers before instructing me.
Well it all went well and at the end when I was packing up I was saying not to be too impressed, to the guys, because it was my grandson who had set everything up.
Without thinking along those lines the words “…My power is brought to perfection in weakness.” (2Corinthians 12:9 CJB).
It’s the principle. There is one Who is greater and His power is manifested perfectly by means of our weakness and reliance on Him.
I was weak but my grandson was strong. His strength was exercised through my weakness and in a sense, I was made strong as a result. This is an example of God Principles working in the simple everyday things of life as we strive to conform to His image.
Is there another principle?
“On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be less important turn out to be all the more necessary…” (1Corinthians 12:21-22 CJB)
Maybe I have been thinking about my grandson in a way that assumed he was less important.
What about another.
“It isn’t good to eat too much honey
or seek honor after honor.” (Proverbs 25:27 CJB)
Have I lived in a way or had the attitude that I always wanted recognition for myself in everything that I do? Have I been prone to jealousy or stingy about sharing a compliment or an honor given with someone else even when they deserve it more or even totally?
“But as it is, God arranged each of the parts in the body exactly as He wanted them.” (1 Corinthians 12:18 CJB)
In my pridefulness, in my mind and heart, do I think what another’s purpose or status or worth should be?
One little thought out of nowhere leads us down so many different roads.
Why? Because there is so much that needs to be addressed if we want to be like Him and it is all interconnected.
Father, thank You for Your patience with us, for the pruning and nurturing You work in our lives.
Thank You for a love of us that endures through all our insensitive stumblings, Your steadfast commitment never to abandon or forsake us who trust in You and love You the way You direct.
Forgive us when we drift, even turn away.
May we be humble. May we be repentant. May we cling to You. May Your strength be made perfect in our weakness.
May we, together, be strong in Your strength.
In Yeshua’s name we pray,
May Yahweh’s, Abba’s love be in us all.