February 2015

Weird with Wonder

Here's an odd thing — the more I experience of life's twists and turns, the more I am more drawn to those really odd passages of the Bible. The really hard-to-explain narratives. Like Jacob wrestling with the Angel of the LORD. Like Samson's bad haircut day. Or, the indignity of God rebuking Balaam with a talking ass. It's all weird stuff!

As a young Christ follower, I thought such passages were distracting and a bit irritating. They were impossible to explain to a rational mind. But, as I've gotten older, I've discovered that the book of life is full of mystery. In my struggles to wrest meaning out of the mess, I am drawn to that devious wrestler who became Israel. As I lose both hair and natural strength, I am reminded of where true strength is found.

But, here's the real kick in the butt — or heart. When I confront my own obstinacy, I wonder if I need some donkey talk, or even a swift kick in my derrière. So this web blog is born out of my life-long struggle with too much self-sufficiency, too many of my own ideas and not as much of God's wisdom, and definitely too much willfulness. Lord, have mercy! Help me to better listen, lean, and love. Amen.