Have you ever asked someone a question and
the answer bore no resemblance to the inquiry?
This was my experience this morning.
While cleaning my bookcases this week, I discovered
a daily Bible from years ago.
The pages felt smooth and unaltered except for occasionally
there were underlines and notes.
This particular Bible poses two questions based on each reading.
I opened its pages and read.
I decided to bypass words written some 8 years ago.
I wrote my answer in my journal then I put both the past
and the present side by side for examination.
There are no “right” answers to the first posed question only
Based on verses encouraging
believers to grow up,
the first question asked what if God said to you,
“But there’s so much more.
Let’s get on with it!
what would you say?
This was my answer in 2006:
I need to remember that the wilderness is not all there is.
God is so much more.
It pains me and makes me weep when I type that answer.
Not because it is wrong and didn’t fully answer the question
based on the context but because that girl was hurting.
I remember that girl.
I love that girl.
She was a girl whose answer was informed by what her eyes
saw all around her.
She saw misery and desert and she knew there was more.
That girl’s faith was shaken because her formula had
been found lacking.
A plus B didn’t add up to C.
God coupled with being good had not led to a pain-free life.
At that point, she didn’t know that she could change her
line of vision, adjust her focus.
She didn’t know it was possible to see Jesus in the
wastelands right beside her.
She forgot that Jesus had endured the wilderness stripped
of resources but God and His Word.
It took her awhile to not be so myopic.
Day by day she learned to lengthen her vision
by applying her eyes,mind and heart to His word.
How appropriate that today I literally wear progressive lenses,
helping me see close-up and faraway.
A constant reminder I see only in part but
God sees in totality.
We know only a portion of the truth,
and what we say about God is always incomplete.
But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.
When I was an infant at my mother’s breast,
I gurgled and cooed like any infant.
When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.
We don’t yet see things clearly.
We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist.
But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright!
We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us,
knowing him directly just as he knows us!
But for right now, until that completeness,
we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation:
Trust steadily in God,
And the best of the three is love.
I Corinthians 13: 9-13 (MSG)
Had it not been for the wilderness, I wonder
if that girl would have sought to find the Savior so
intently and desperately in the word.
That girl helped this girl to begin to visualize God from
a different vantage point.
She laid the ground work in learning how to
“get on with it” and grow up in God.
I am grateful for her and although my vision and perspective
is still often faulty, I am so blessed God never abandoned me.
He always remained.
He gently brushed my tear lined cheeks and
“There’s so much more, child.
There’s so much more.”
help me to remember,
when my capacity to believe is limited by
what I see and I deem it less than,
that you are with me always.
Even the wilderness place becomes
greater than I first knew because
you inhabit it.
Thank you for loving that girl
and this girl just the same.