For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
1 Corinthians 13:12
What happens when things don't go according to our plans?
Is God still good?
What happens when the story doesn't turn out the way we thought?
Can God still be trusted?
It seems God has always been revealing who He is; ultimately and perfectly on His terms. If we believe this to be true, then we must believe in His sovereign reign and rule. And if we do, then this truth strips us from the ability to control the outcome of the story. However hard and vigorous we try, we cannot control the pushing and the pulling; the spinning and the moving. WE ARE LIMITED.
The sun rose this morning; we had nothing to do with its rising.
For some, snow gracefully drifted down from the heavens this morning; we had nothing to do with its falling. The earth is currently spinning at 1,040 mph, which subsequently means we are spinning at 1,040 mph, and here we sit, sipping coffee and probably watching a cheesy hallmark Christmas movie. We have nothing to do with the earth's spinning, orbit, and rotation.
WE ARE JUST SIMPLY LIMITED.
We need that tension to rest on us.
ADVENT invites us to sit in the tension. We are not in control. We are limited.
And as much as we try, and as hard as we work, we are not the AUTHORS of this story.
We are just mere characters in a wild love story.
I know that sounds elementary and juvenile --- and I don't think there is one person reading this post that is not acutely aware of his or her LIMITEDNESS --- yet I also know that truth doesn't seem to stop our futile attempts at control.
Let me repeat this:
I KNOW it is elementary.
I KNOW it is juvenile thinking.
I KNOW everyone reading is acutely aware of our LIMITEDNESS.
I KNOW everyone reading knows we don't actually live in a Disney-made fairytale.
but I ALSO KNOW we naturally continue to live with our fists clenched tight and our feet planted firm, stubbornly holding on to the control of the AUTHORSHIP of our own lives.
ADVENT reminds us there is more going on here.
The STORY is bigger than we thought.
ADVENT INVITES US TO SIT IN THIS TENSION; WE ARE NOT IN CONTROL BUT WE ARE CONSTANTLY INVITED INTO THE STORY.
ADVENT creates CURIOSITY.
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13