Saturday, January 6, 2018
I Don't Have to Know How it all Works
I guess mine would have been some time in the early to mid 80's. Some other people I knew had one, and I had seen theirs. Then my mom and dad finally got one in our home. It was the coolest. Just pop that tape in and watch the video of your renting.
The video store became the place you had to stop by on the way home to either rent or return a movie. Remember "Be kind, Please rewind"? And some of our children don't even know that the granddaddy of the DVR was the VCR. Remember setting it to record your favorite show? Better not tape over someone's wedding video.
As a young man, I was fascinated by the whole process. What was on the film inside the the tape? What was reading that film inside the VCR? How did it take what was on the film and display it on my tv?
You know what I did a few times? I would push the tape in and then hold that little flap open to try to watch all the innerds while they worked. I could see lights and turning, and moving, but still...I had no clue how it all came together inside that mini movie factory. So, I just made myself content with the fact that even though I didn't know how it worked, somebody smarter than me did; and I just sat and enjoyed my movie.
You know, sometimes our life with God on this earth can be the same way. We feel things, see things, experience things that we just don't understand. And either because of our natural curiosity, or our desire to be in control, we want to hold the flap open and figure out how it all works. We think we can peep in, pray in, or study in and see how all the lights and wheels of the how's, the why's, and the when's work. But the truth is, to a large degree we just won't understand.
We may never know on this side of glory the answer to the "Why me?" or "Why not me?". We won't always understand how it came to be cancer, or how the one you love could be gone so soon. We may not figure out the "When will it ever start", or "When will it ever end". But that is why I am so thankful that we are under the watchful eyes of an all knowing God. So I'm striving everyday to get better with knowing Who I trust, and not trusting in what I know.
So if today you are vexed and perplexed by all the things in your life you can't figure out, I want to encourage you to "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding" (Proverbs 3:5) And when you do that, and "In all yours ways acknowledge [God] and He will direct your path." (Proverbs 3:6) Then you can make yourself content, not worry so much about how it all works, and enjoy your life with God.