I got a book for Christmas called Popular, written by Tindell Baldwin. It’s her memoir, the story of a young Christian woman and her journey back to Christ. She wrote a goodbye letter to God at the age of fifteen and set off to live her own life, determined to be different from the rest of her Christian family. In her book, she talks about her wild lifestyle, her crazy partying, and her accidental stumbling back to God. She shares how she went to a meeting to support her brother and ended up encountering God and grace. She got saved that night and determined to turn her life around.
I found a quote (a rather long one, but that’s okay) that I absolutely loved.
God is not too good for irony and symbolism. In the Bible, he plays off them, demonstrating a deep connection with His people’s hearts through each generation. God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, giving us a human picture of His own heart-wrenching sacrifice. David became king at age thirty, the same age that Jesus was when He started His earthly ministry. Jesus was a storyteller, a master of His language, seeing that even the small things would captivate the people He created. He displayed His deep-seated devotion to us by striving to relate to us in a human way. He came to Earth as a man and died as a man to cover all our sins. He lived like us, lived among us, and taught us. He did all that so that He could have a relationship with us – with you. Sin was separating us from God, but Jesus bridged the gap. Because He died, taking all our sin on Himself, and He rose again, overcoming death, we can start over every single day. I can have a full relationship with my Creator, and if God can forgive me, I can forgive myself.
In His holiness, God chose to become human. It was His way of courting us, making us feel that we can truly relate to the God of the universe. By suffering as humans suffer, feeling as humans feel, and accepting the possibility of rejection, God humbled Himself when He was something so much greater, simply so we could understand. He sits on a throne and at our doorstep. He is praised by all creation, yet He is rejected by mere humans. He knew our minds could never grasp all that He is, so He came up with a way to relate to us. He tells life’s greatest lessons in the form of children’s stories. He does miracles to grab our attention, and thousands of years later we’re still amazed at His irony, sense of humor, and powerful love. Our God is not a boring God, nor does He act in vain. He makes purposeful moves to demonstrate His deep connection to our souls. He makes us laugh in grief, smile in pain, trust what we cannot see. We often want to rattle off reasons for things that seem too coincidental, but what if we started giving credit where credit is due?