I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. John 15:15
Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets. Amos 3:7
I like to take the world at face value. I must confess, however, my desire to have things be as they seem has led to some disappointments. When I met my first celebrity, for instance, I was shocked that her face wasn't the flawless beauty that I'd seen on magazine covers and her figure wasn't nearly as perfect. Live music concerts were another eye-opener. I was so surprised to find artists not to sound the way they do on my iPod. Even the notion of authors using "ghost writers" tilted my world. Naive, maybe, but so much airbrushing - it seems to be touching everything.In my spiritual life I've even felt like God has "airbrushed" things - given me only the slightest understanding of all that He is about. As I've cried and hungered to be a "friend of God", to no longer be a servant just bungling along with my piecemeal daily tasks, why has God kept the veil in place. Why does He keep so many mysteries churning, keep us shielded from the answers to the questions that can divide us?
While it flies in the face of my desire for face value, I think I am finally starting to
see God's purpose for "airbrushing". As much as we would like to understand all of His mysteries, his complete plan for our lives, the reality is that we just aren't there yet. Seriously. I'd like to think that I'd play it cool if God gave me complete knowledge to some deep topic or his exact calling for my life, but historically speaking it probably wouldn't go so well. Even more, there is tremendous value in the process of discovering the true nature of things. I, for example, have learned to be a lot less hard on myself now that I understand airbrushing. Just as I am gradually becoming more accustomed to the notion that not everything in life is as it seems, I believe that God purposefully and in measures reveals more and more of the hidden to us. The question is are we noticing and what are we doing with it.
Perhaps, like me, you are so focused on the idea of God coming to you with full revelation, making the servant to friend transition, that you overlook the pieces that are being unveiled to you. Do you see all that he is teaching you about his love, his patience, his mercy, forgiveness? In this case you need to slow down and proceed from a place of gratitude, recognizing all that is coming to light. The prickly supervisor, the needy person, the annoying garage door that refuses to close - all moments of God's revealing more of Himself.
Do you recognize the moments where God is holding back his airbrush, pulling back the veil. Creating awareness of pain, need or struggle in the life of someone you encounter. How do you respond? Are you too hurried to deal with it? Are you so engrossed in your own issues that you can't be bothered?
Let us be grateful this day for all that we know about God. Let us recognize the moments in our day in which God is showing Himself. Let us not be disappointed and grumbling when life comes forward in it's purest, untouched form - but let us have a heart that is grateful to no longer be called servant.