Friday, July 6, 2007

Some Things Don't Make Sense

Some things just don't make sense. One night this week, we decided to have spaghetti. When it came time to fix Gracie's plate, she said she "didn't want the spaghetti on top of the noodles". "Why don't you want the sauce on top of your spaghetti noodles?" I asked. "Because it makes me nervous," she said. I know I had a perplexed look of my face because that didn't make any sense to me at all!

I was reading in Genesis about Abraham and Isaac. You remember the story..Isaac was the son Abraham and Sarah had waited for so long. When he was a boy, God told Abraham to take Isaac to the top of a mountain and sacrifice him. Although the Bible doesn't tell us this, I'm sure Abraham thought to himself "God, that doesn't make any sense!" But the Bible says Abraham did exactly what God told him to do. Notice in Genesis 22:4, Abraham had faith God would spare his child. "On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, 'Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you'" (italic emphasis mine). I don't think Abraham believed he was lying to his servants. I think Abraham spoke his faith out loud and believed God would make something that didn't make much sense into something that made perfect sense. Sure enough, God stopped Abraham from sacrificing Isaac and provided a ram instead.

When God leads us down a road that doesn't make sense, we need to speak our faith. Remind yourself that God will provide a way out. It may take time but He is in the process of fixing the situation. Now THAT makes sense.

1 comment:

Christy said...

Gracie is adorable! I have had similar conversations with Laura Grace-they are so funny at this age.

I had never looked at Abraham and Isaac with this perspective-I had always seen it as Abraham making an agonizing decision to sacrifice his son just because God told him too. The story is so much more powerful! The fact that it was Abraham's blind faith, the trust that God would work it out and make sense out of the situation is amazing. Thank you for bringing that to my attention!