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 simple yet brilliant method for my clothes. She calls it disorderly, but it is so 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 my wife hits me with what I can only describe as “divorce eyes”. (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 guy named Norm MacDonald had a show on Comedy Central that used this 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 so full of these moments, and so is the bible. My most 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 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 a scenario in a funeral home business? Gabriel running in the door yelling “Hezekiah, I just saw Elisha, who we buried last month, outside buying a new goat. (I am just assuming this is what they did back then, I don’t know. Don’t judge me) 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 am I and so many other Christians so confused about so many things. I want to remove “wait…what?!?” from my vocabulary when it comes to what God is doing in my life. I believe it is because we as humans feel we 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 it works. God says move to this state, or start serving in this new ministry, or adopt this child, or give your car to this person. Then we say wait…what, and then ponder the 5 W’s. This is where the confusion takes hold. But you know what is great? God is very patient. we will stay confused as long as 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 gets unraveled. He loves to watch us grow as Christians 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 church were right, and just maybe we will understand it better by and by. So for now I’ll 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. God has all the answers and one day I will never have to ask “wait…what?!?” ever again.