Thursday, February 9, 2012

Connecting the Dots

Psalm 147:5

Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
his understanding has no limit.

Today I'm thankful for God's omniscience, his infinite knowledge of everything. We as muddled finite beings can't begin to wrestle that one down, but it's comforting all the same, isn't it? He knows it all. Nothing surprises Him. Takes Him away from His purpose or focus. He doesn't forget what He is doing. He doesn't question His choices, His thoughts, our actions, our responses. He "gets it"--so much deeper than we will ever get ourselves.

I've heard our vision described as a limited scope on the backside of a tapestry, but sometimes, I don't think we can even see the whole backside. Sometimes I think we only see a thread... our thread.

As God works His truth through my heart and adjusts my vision, I'm jolted by what He allows me to see (how overwhelming it would be if we "got it" all now). I've seen Him bring lessons full circle. I've seen Him utilize several different sources (Scripture, friend, book, a FB comment--yes, even that) in one week to point a big arrow at the truth. Get it now?! I've seen Him develop a belief as He would nurture a rose bush, giving it time to process and grow. His patience stuns me.

Sometimes He'll hand me little pictures--pictures I drew without even knowing what I was drawing and I have to sit back in amazement. You knew, didn't you, God? The whole time, you knew what the journey would look like and what end I'd arrive at.

Have you seen a three-year-old connect the dots. I have! It's so amusing, because, as an adult, I can quickly pull out the image. Oh, that's a flower, or a cat with a bow on her head, or an apple tree. But of course, my daughter can't see that. She's just obeying the rules of connect the dots. Follow the directions. Apply what we know about the truth (2 comes after 1, 3 comes after 2, and so on), and then we'll see what shows up. And then, when she finishes, her baffled expression turns to enlightenment and joy. "Look, it's a sunflower, Mommy!"

Job 37:16

Do you know the balancings of the clouds,
the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge.

Isaiah 46:9

I am God, and there is none like me,
declaring the end from the beginning
and from ancient times things not yet done.

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