When my husband was in grad school at Indiana University, we lived in married student housing as a cost effective measure since we had three young’uns in tow. Bob used to call it “the finest in institutional living”, and my dad got a kick out of referring to our “mini-United Nations” since we lived in a college community with other student-families from around the globe.
It was truly a great experience, but communication could be interesting at times. Not so much for me, since I’m from the USA and I.U. is clearly American (unless you ask someone from Purdue, like me, then you might get a decidedly different opinion.)
Because of this multi-cultural makeup, I had the crazy opportunity to learn new languages—
–and I totally blew it. Sure, I was working different shifts to put Bob through school, tending to three growing children, Girl Scouts, you name it. But I lost a potential gift of actually being able to converse on a different level.
Here’s an example of two wonderful ladies, one who desperately wanted to communicate, and the teacher who went to great lengths to find a way—
I’m so exquisitely glad that Helen Keller didn’t miss her opportunity.
God also has all kinds of creative ways of communicating with us. He can find what is just the right kind of lingo/leverage to get through. But one thing even God has difficulty with (by His own decision) is our unwillingness to believe Him, to believe what He says is actually true. The first appointment is to accept the Doctor’s diagnosis and treatment—sinful nature, repentance, faith.
Now, Christians get that one, being as how it’s the definition of Christianity and all. But we tend to get a little hung up on the next part of the communique:
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
We get caught up in our mistakes, our lack of progress. Or as my bloggish friend, Dan Ledwith, puts it in his book Rest in the Shadow of the Almighty:
“We can stop worrying that grace is going to run out. We can admit our mistakes, failings, and shortcomings. They don’t define who we are. We can learn from the past instead of languishing in the past. We don’t have to worry about failing, and falling. We can let go of hurts that others have done to us. God paid for it at the cross. There is no debt remaining to be paid.”
God has made the (supreme) effort to get through to us on every level of existence. It behooves us not the miss the opportunity to learn (and accept) His communication.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
Ledwith, Daniel (2011-01-27). Rest in the Shadow of the Almighty: Discover the Joy that Is found Living Under the Sovereignty of God (p. 167). CreateSpace. Kindle Edition.