In my old age, I often think that all children should be taught how to cook from scratch. Nowadays, too many folks of all walks of life want stuff now, prepackaged and in easy heat, open and eat containers. I am not saying that we have to return to our roots where we planted, tended, harvested, canned or processed our future food. What I am moving towards is our ability to get away from the answer and work hard on the method to get the answer. In other words, "I got the solution the hard way. I worked for it!"
With my handy dandy computer thing-a-ma-jig, I can get the answer to just about every problem imaginable — except where Jimmy Hoffa is buried — and can show off in front of my friends just how smart I am. I may not have the slightest idea what I am talking about, but I have an answer. Just don't ask me what it means.
While our handsome and brilliant grandboys were with us over the weekend, Julie took them to the movie rental place so they could pick two movies each and then stay up all night watching them. My job was to keep an eye on Down Girl Sit.
Before I fell asleep, we watched "Evan Almighty," which was a fine film about a politician who is picked by God to build an ark. This was not your every day ark, but an ark just like the one old Noah put together with primitive tools to house a plethora of animals during the great flood. Skipping all the fun stuff about the politician's problems: starting to look like Noah, losing his job, having his family think he has lost his mind and trying to read "Ark Building for the Complete Idiot," we get to what I believe is some wonderful biblical insight.
"God, why must you make things so difficult?" This is my question and perhaps your question as well. "Couldn't you have given me a tad more insight, intelligence, money, influence, good looks, athleticism and a whole lot less problems, difficulties and set-backs?"
God's answers really cause folks to think. "Is it better to give courage or to present situations that allow someone to be courageous? Is it better to make someone wealthy or give that individual the opportunity to work for the riches? Is it better to make the world perfect or allow the people of the world to solve the problems that stand in the way of perfection?" The hero of the film asks, "How do I begin?" God's answer is the blockbuster, "One random act of kindness at a time!" Allow me my interpretation. "One person at a time!"
God picked one person at a time: He began with Adam. There was only one Abraham, Moses, Samuel, David, Isaiah, Rahab, Ruth, Miriam, Huldah, you add your own names. By the way, read the eleventh chapter of Hebrews and find there were no easy times for these leaders.
Then Jesus came upon the world scene with an impossible task in the face of overwhelming odds. His task is now our task: to change the world one person at a time. Overwhelming, yes. Impossible, no.
It's a lot like building an ark. We have a pile of gopher wood, some primitive tools and we will bust our fingers, drop wood on our toes, trip over a two by four and most likely be laughed at. The keel is in place. We just add one plank at a time.
Did I feel a drop of rain?