journal 7

How something seemingly so weak can accomplish so much is nearly unfathomable. So many little things we despise unnecessarily and to our own deficit. How something appears ugly by our trite symmetrical standards and yet, ultimately, is beautiful in God’s sight. We see, through God’s heart, the meaning of love and how God works through the most unlikely people at the most unexpected times to transform a deeply flawed perspective.

In spite of our downgrading thoughts, God works perfectly. And our petty theories about life and the workings of man travel nowhere except within our own delusions. Our stream of thought, if not in accordance with the truth, runs dry. The only river, is his and any other fantasy is just going hopelessly and ineffectively upstream. What we think of God, turns out, means very little. God will always be God and we’ll, most often, be thinking incorrectly about him.

Valuing what he detests, prioritizing what he despises, pursing what is spiritually meaningless, etc. How often, if we had in mind the Spirit of God, would we be thinking upward and how often it is that later we realize God was working all along in the exact places we were blind. No more clearly can hindsight be seen than in the life of Christ. Something we, for whatever reason, looked down upon, kicked, and dusted, ends up being the very lifeblood of salvation. A reversal of cosmic proportions.

If our thoughts could have destroyed, judged, and condemned, then they would have, but, even our most erroneous claims could not have altered his claims about himself. And how clearly through the cross is shown that God need none of our affirmation to accomplish what we say is impossible. God is doing something great and sometimes, still, we look down upon his “rejected” work in misery.

It’s not strong or pretty enough to matter. It’s too irrelevant. Unpolished. Where’s the glamour? Oh, us of little faith. It was the man from Galilee that carried it all. So, how much more, if we’re to be familiar with peace and healing, must we now search for him in all the impoverished, stricken, smitten, and afflicted places?

“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.” Isaiah‬ ‭53‬:‭4‬ ‭NIV‬‬