We have a popular television series in the UK called Grand Designs, I expect it is available on the web elsewhere as well. The presenter is an architect and designer who helps couples build their perfect house. The process is filmed as they struggle through bad weather, late deliveries, and the inevitable tensions involved in reaching their dream home. I find it fascinating viewing!
There is a temptation in human families to design the same way. We have hopes and aspirations for ourselves, and for our children if we have them, to achieve, to be educated, to be beautiful, to have an important job.
Some years ago a close friend gave birth a child who had a rare condition that has devastating results on physical and mental development. I cried and prayed, and pleaded with the Lord to heal my friend’s baby. One day, out walking, I railed at God for making a perfect tree but a the child that was so damaged.
He told me to look closely at a laurel tree and I saw that almost none of the leaves were ‘perfect’. All were scabbed, eaten by insects, damaged by wind; it is the leaves and branches growing together that are attractive.
It is the same with us. We have a picture in our minds of the perfectly designed human, but many of us are born with specific difficulties, or are overtaken by tragedy, or unexpected events. God’s design is not that we should become an idealized form of human being but that we should learn to live and grow together.
‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ Acts 17 verse 28
The prompt word for five minute friday today was DESIGN. You can see other blogs on this word here