I read a very interesting verse the other day, I Corinthians 14:33. It says God is not a God of disorder/confusion. King James says that he is not the “author of confusion”. If he is not then who is? Because I find myself in much disorder, and in a constant state of confusion. Just ask my wife. I have a very simple, yet brilliant method for my clothes. She calls it disorderly, but it is simple.
Dirty clothes are on the floor right here, and clean clothes are on the floor over there. Clothes that are too dirty for the closet, but too clean for the laundry…welcome to the “chair”. My side of the room is always in much disorder and that’s when she hits me with what I can only describe as “divorce eyes” (I am telling you she is very passionate about clothes on the floor).
Even worse, so many things confuse me. I use the phrase “wait…what?” like 64-times a day. A comedian named Norm MacDonald had a show on Comedy Central where he used that line. The bit went like this: Norm would read a completely insane, very true story, and then with a totally straight face he would wait for a split second, do a double take, and then scream “wait…what?!”
Life is full of these moments, and so is the Bible. My favorite “wait…what” moment in the Bible is Matthew 27:52-53. Jesus had just died on the cross, and the graves were opened and many bodies of the Saints, which slept, arose and came out of the graves and appeared to many. “Wait…what?!” So, all these dead people just got up like “what’s going on around here, what did I miss?”
I have so many questions. Did all of them come alive? Was it Walking Dead zombie apocalypse style? Did God feel like Jesus could be the only person dead at the time he died so everyone else had to get up? Can you imagine the scenario in a funeral home business in bible days? Gabriel running in the door yelling “Hezekiah, I just saw Elisha, who we buried last month, outside buying a goat. With 89% certainty, I can say that Hezekiah’s exact words were probably “wait…what?!”
If God is not the author of confusion, then why are so many other Christians so confused about so many things? We want to remove “wait…what” from our vocabulary when it comes to what God is doing in our life. But as humans, we feel the need to understand things before we do them. We need to know who, what, when, where, and why before taking a step and trusting God. That is not how God works. God says “move to this state“, or “start serving in a new ministry“, or “adopt this child“, or “give your car to this person“. We say “wait…what?“, and then we ponder those 5 W’s. This is where the confusion takes hold of our faith.
But you know what is great? God is patient. We will stay confused if we operate outside the will of God. He loves that moment when we decide to trust Him, and that ball of confusion in our minds get unraveled. He loves to watch us grow in our faith and become the people he has called us to be.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding – Proverbs 3:5.
Maybe all those old ladies in the church were right, and just maybe we will understand it better by and by. So, for now, I will stay confused about why people who use baby changing stations in public bathrooms always come back with the same baby. But it’s all good because I will never be confused about how much God loves me or if he is in control of a situation. God has all the answers and one day I will never have to ask “wait…what?” ever again.
Prescott Williamson is a Bible-believing Christian. He is a husband, a father, and someone who believes that there is a little humor to be found in whatever situation God sends your way. He was born in the small islands of the Bahamas but now lives in the Suburbs of Fort Worth Texas, which is basically the same thing. He enjoys TV, reading, blogging and serving in his church (especially on the days they serve donuts). You can see what I have been thinking about lately on my blog www.prescottascoolbreeze.com.