One of the time-wasting day dreams I have is to wonder what it would be like to think God’s thoughts. It’s futile. But then again, so are pringles.
Maybe the perfect answer just pops into His head to whatever question he has.
Maybe he doesn’t have any questions; he already knows.
Or maybe all the possibilities, ALL the possibilities, just lay themselves out instantly and perfectly, so that He can choose from among them effortlessly.
Probably it’s none of these and all of these at the same time and my little brain would pop like a waterballoon after just comprehending for a half a second what it was like.
Speculations not withstanding, a thing that I take as a given, is that God has chosen sacrifice, suffering, and love as the avenues that are unique. These things cause us not only
to get to be like Him; when we engage in sacrifice, suffering, and love we are actually with Him.
I find myself wondering. Did he consider alternative avenues? Did the possibility that wisdom, for example, could be an avenue to Him, cross into his head? Wisdom is not a bad thing. And wisdom tells us about God. But it doesn’t bring us closer to actually being with God. But more importantly, if wisdom had become elevated, there would be a certain oligarchy of holiness. There are some people who are born wiser than others.
It is the same with strength. And street smarts. And wealth. And influence. And even happiness. And almost anything you could list.
These qualities vary from person to person. Life experiences can enhance our natural tendencies of diminish them. They are inherently different from love, suffering, and sacrifice.
Because we will all suffer. We can all sacrifice. Careful examination of our capacity to love, I think, reveils that is somehow deeply different from even things like kindness. How kind we are varies according to all sorts of things. But our ability to love is different.
Further, under our own power, we can demonstrate kindness, wisdom, all those other traits that God didn’t choose. But to love deeply and to love to sacrifice deeply, we need help from outside of ourselves, we need God’s help. And suffering to: if we suffer in a Godly manner, holding onto our faith and joy, it will not be by ourselves, through ourselves that we do this. Any knucklehead can suffer. But suffering rightly, that requires God.
Perhaps that is part of how God is with us during these times; he has to be. We need him to love, sacrifice, and suffer rightly. The other things? We can pretty much (at least) fake them with out God at all.