How do you talk to your spouse? Before you were married, it was probably normal to write messages like “I miss you! I look forward to seeing you tonight!” After you got married, how often do you say the same thing? Do the majority of your messages consist of grocery lists now? “Can you pick up milk on the way home? And don’t forget to check the air pressure in the tires.”
How many of us talk to God in the same way? “Hey, God, I’d like a new job and a car that runs, oh, and while You’re at it, world peace.” How often do we see God like this? Even if all the things on our lists are not self-centered, this still seems to be a limited way to view God.
This is our Creator. Who are we to order God around? Who are we to see God as a short-order chef or our servant? In the book of Isaiah we are told that God is the potter and we are the clay. Does the clay dictate to the maker what it should happen to it?
It is that sense of trust that is the goal. It is so hard to be that clay. It is so hard to relax fully into the experiences of life and trust that everything is going the way it should. Our perspective is very small. We can’t see it all. In many ways I think that is a blessing. I don’t want to see it all. What I can see I’m not very good at taking care of. I don’t have pets or plants for that very reason. So I like the idea that I’m not in control. I like the idea that I’m not driving the bus. It is so much better to leave that in the hands of the One who made me and everything else.