DayBreaks for 01/23/2019: God’s Getting Better At It
Since the beginning God has attempted to get people’s attention and to call them into a commitment to live with principles, values, and sense of sacredness that God wants from all humanity. Sometimes the people heard and responded to God, and sometimes they ignored God.
God kept trying. God kept working at getting their attention. I heard about a little girl who sort of understands that about God. She was sitting on her grandfather’s lap as he read her a bedtime story. From time to time, she would take her eyes off the book and reach up to touch his wrinkled cheek. She was alternately stroking her own cheek, then his again. Finally she spoke up, “Grandpa, did God make you?”
“Yes, Sweetheart,” he answered, “God made me a long time ago.”
“Oh,” she paused, “Grandpa, did God make me too?”
“Yes, indeed, honey,” he said, “God made you just a little while ago.”
Feeling their respective faces again, she observed, “God’s getting better at it, isn’t he?”
God got better at it. After untold efforts to win our allegiance and our hearts through promises made and kept, deliverances promised and carried out, through a law that was perfect, God took on human form, walking among us and living with us so that we would understand.
It is in the living, breathing person of Jesus that we really see all things we call holy, such as forgiveness, sharing, joy, vision, courage, perseverance, and especially love. We might think we understand love, for example, but when we receive totally unconditional love from another person, love takes on a completely new meaning for us. Jesus shows us the ultimate example of love, namely, God’s love. Seeing this example in the flesh makes all the difference in the world for us.
The saddest part is that people are often blinded to the beauty of Jesus by the behavior of we believers. We should be getting better at it, too.
PRAYER: Thank you for “getting better at it” and showing us your beauty God through Jesus. Let us get better at showing his beauty to the world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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