This blog is supposed to be, as much as I can, my daily journey through life as a Christian. I hope it to be my thoughts and feelings on life but be as grounded in the Christian message as it can. My intention is not to create a daily readings or bible study guide but to look at my life in terms of a Christian trying to find and follow God's mission using his Life User's Manuel AKA the Bible.

Matthew 10 19-20

And don't you worry about what you'll say or how you'll say it. The right words will be there; the Spirit of your Father will supply the words. - Matthew 10 19-20

Monday, December 20, 2010

The most adequate Christmas ever

God-Hello, Stan.
Stan-If you know who I am, then you know why I'm here.
God-I know everything.
Stan-I guess that makes two of us, huh?
         Look, Sir--
God-You, uh,unplugged the sun. 
Stan-Oh, sorry!
God-Look, I'm just gonna cut to the chase. I'm not gonna help you.
Stan-What? Then just help my family. You can't let them die.
God-Look, everything happens for a reason.
Stan-What reason could there be?
God-Stan, I'm gonna level with you.
         If your family isallowed to live,
         Stanford's tennis team will go oh-and-eight in conference play.
God-I'm just messing with you.
         The point is, mysterious ways,
         have a little faith, I'm in the details...
         Now c'mon, you can be triceratops.
         I know he's your favorite.
Stan-We're out of time!
          Now send me back so I can save my family!
God-Not gonna happen. 
Stan-You have to!
God-Oh, okay, so you know better than me?
         Is that it? You're all-knowing?
Stan-No. Yes. I-
         I don't know. 
God-Exactly! You don't know.
         You can't know. So stop trying to control everything.
Stan-I don't do that.
God-Stan, you're holding a gun to God's head.
         I mean, I can't even think of a metaphor that's better than this.
Stan-But my family...! 
         put the gun down and let My will be done.
Stan-I'm sorry.
God-So shines a good deed in a weary world.
God-That's all I wanted.
         One small act of humility.
         Okay, you can go back. 
God-Eh. It's my kid's birthday.
Stan-Thank you! Thank you! Oh! I'll never ask for anything again.
          .....There's just one more thing.

I wonder how many people know where this script comes from? It is from the season 3 of American Dad, episode 8, the Christmas special. American Dad is one of my favourite TV shows of all time, Seth McFarlane is an absolute genius when it comes to animated comedy. But not only are these shows funny, but they actually make you stop and think about the stories too. Some of the stories while on the surface seem quite crude, the beauty of the show is that they are actually very intelligent and well thought through.

While watching this episode last night I was thinking about what I may be able to write today and had no intention of writing about this at all. But the above scene seemed an absolute gem, it is a perfect opportunity to talk about something I often have a problem with. Arguing with God.

How many times do we pray and pray about God's plans for us, we say we are desperate to know what His plans are. We start off wanting to know, we seek and seek for the answer. But then when God finally starts to reveal His plans to us we stop and say, "Hang on a minute, how about we do this, or that first, how about we do this instead." I am sure I am not the only one who has done this, I am sure I am not the only one who has at times questioned the wisdom of what God is doing in our lives.

Yet we claim to be obedient followers of God, we claim to desire to follow His will and His plans no matter what. I am not saying that by questioning His plans we are being a bad Christian or that by having our own plans we are disobeying God. But if we are asking God for His plans and then when we hear them we decide we don't like them, have we totally given ourselves over to God.

It is never going to be easy to give God 100% of ourselves, we are only human, we can not be perfect. We need to understand that although we have our own, wants and desires it is only God who knows the real needs of our souls. God created us, He knows us better than we know ourselves and because of this His plans will be better for us.

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