"Mom, I think the toilet's clogged."
Yes, pleasant good morning to you, too. Not what I had on my list for the day. And it NEVER happens when Dad is home. Now I'm gonna be behind, probably for the rest of the day. Great.
Sound familiar? Not the toilet part, the responses do, I bet. Life throws us a little curve and we react immediately. Grumbling, complaining, maybe even some of that "unsanctified" speech slips – or floods – out.
But it's not "life" throwing anything. It's God.
God backs up toilets? (Well, is He sovereign or isn't He?) But plumbing? Isn't that insanely micro-managing things? (Okay, micro-managing is for control freaks. Control freaks try to run things they can't or shouldn't. God can and does rule over everything, and sovereignty over these little details is evidence of His vast knowledge and power.)
So why does God mess with all these little details, allowing these aggravations into our lives? It's training. The annoyances give us a chance to practice all those sweet-sounding lessons we learn on Sundays. How will we respond when the car doesn't start? Were those hymns and praise songs just lip service? What will we do when the three year old paints her bedsheets with nail polish? What kind of God will she see modeled in our response?
God arranges everything in our lives to make us more Christ-like. Sometimes He uses a "lecture" setting, like sermons or Bible study, and other times, He gives us a "lab" exercise, to put those ideas into action. The more practice, the more those lessons become second-nature.
BTW – That opening line… that was how my day started. It turned out to be no big deal. The rest of the day… we'll have to wait and see.
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