Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Square Peg in a Round Hole

 “But as it is, God has placed and arranged the limbs and organs in the body, each (particular one) of them, just as He wished and saw fit and with the best adaptation.
1 Cor. 12:18 (AMP emphasis mine).

God has a funny way of doing things. The master plan for building His body is a bit quirky. He produces parts and then adapts them to fit. In our era of precise technological capabilities, this seems kind of backwards don't you think?

He must laugh a lot as we fumble around outside of our comfort zones. This isn't sadism but the joy of a parent watching their offspring experience new things. Our Father recognizes the that end result might be less than perfect. He doesn't care. His children need to learn even under difficult and uncomfortable conditions. He'll chuckle at our uncoordinated actions but wisely remain on the sidelines. Intervention isn't the answer. Left alone, we will eventually adapt and succeed.

God loves to use our weaknesses for His glory. He'll turn shy introverts into speakers and teachers; extroverts into persons of intense, personal study and contemplative prayer. The seemingly ill-fitted and disqualified become successful functioning members of His body and leave the rest of us scratching our heads and wondering, “How did He do that?”

So, maybe the wise course of action is to stop resisting. God will fit square pegs into round holes, make them work and be delighted with the outcome. Our strengths, talents and abilities aren't all He has to work with. He likes weaknesses also. In that mode we know on a moment to moment basis, it isn't us at all. This reminds me a line from an old Amy Grant song, “...when it all comes down. If anything good's gonna happen tonight it's from Jesus.” When good things happen He gets all the credit.

How about you? What areas do you feel unqualified for that God seems to be leaning on you to step into? If you resist, what opportunities and adventures will you miss out on? How can God use your shortcomings to His advantage? When it “all comes down” eternity-wise do you want to be known as a good and faithful servant or one who played it safe? Are you willing to be a square peg in a round hole?

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