Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Strategically Designed

"But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as He chose"
(1 Corinthians 12:18).

Men and women think very differently.  Shocked?  I'm sure this comes to no surprise for anyone.  Of course, being married reminds me of this all-to-true, universal, since-time-began truth.  There is an order to how I do things.  To some it appears very random, chaotic, neurotic, and perhaps even psychotic (that's for another time).  But to me, there is a particular reason, rhyme, and design to my way of thinking.  For instance, there is a bookshelf in my home where books that belong to my wife and books that belonged to me all converged upon the same shelf.  My wife is one, that when she finishes a book, it's finished, completed, and retired, never to be looked at again (for the most part).  For me, whether or not I plan on reading again (assuming I read it the first time), I like to know exactly where it is.

When we married, the books on our shelf opened us up to an education that reached beyond the pages between their covers.  I ordered all of the books by author and/or by subject.  This made sense to me, and it would provide greater ease and efficiency when looking for the right book at the right time.  My wife thought it would all look better if they were ordered by size.  It "looked" right to her, but caused great confusion for me.  I memorize titles and authors, but I could care less about the size or color of a book.  Have you ever been to a library?  There is nothing about size that is considered when organizing the order of books.  Dewey's decimal system never considered size and the Library of Congress is no different.  Perhaps they never consulted with my wife!  Books have been ordered by a design that strategically places them so that they may be accessed in a way that is both efficient and effective.

Paul addresses a similar concept in 1 Corinthians 12.  He emphasizes the concept of unity, belonging, and functioning according to design, not desire.  He uses the analogy of the order of the human body.  No one has ever been tasked to redesign the human body, at least not in the sense of the placement of its parts (both inside and out).  They were all strategically placed on purpose and with a purpose by God.  Before the beginning of time, He saw what we would never be able to see or understand fully, and He knows now what we can still not wrap our minds around.  His placement is both divine and sovereign.

What confidence this should bring!  You are here because God placed you here.  You were not a mistake.  You did not miss your decade, and you were not some cosmic accident that just happen to land on planet earth.  You are part of God's placement and God's preference.  Choose to live this day with a confident dependence upon He who called you here and holds you near.  Don't become discouraged because you don't understand.  Resist the temptation to try to redesign your own destiny.  Before you were a twinkle the eyes of those that conceived you, you were conceived in the mind of God.  He has a purpose for you.  He has placed you in the time you are in, the family you are in, the surroundings you are in, and has a purpose.  He is the great artist who is painting on the canvas of your life.  Thank Him for His divine placement, for He knows all things well.

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