A few weeks ago I bought a baffle. At the risk of getting all technical on you, it’s a cone-shaped thingy that goes on the pole that holds our bird feeders. It keeps squirrels from climbing the pole and eating all the bird seed.
It leaves the squirrels … you got it … baffled.
I no longer see squirrels lounging atop the bird feeders, but there always seems to be plenty of seed on the ground below. So the squirrels gather there for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Are they somehow shaking it down or just eating the table scraps from the birds?
Frankly, it has me … you got it … baffled.
When life leaves me baffled, I look for answers. For things like keeping squirrels out of the bird feeders, I turn to Google. On worldly issues, it has all (well, most) of the answers. For important matters, I still turn to the Bible. It has all the answers, and I do mean all.
But as I wrote in Grow Like Jesus, God often provides us with a limited amount of direction. It’s as if He’s looking down on us and saying, “Here’s a few clues. Now you figure it out.”
On the hand, I don’t have much to figure out. My life has never been better. I have a wonderful wife, a great job, grown kids who mostly don’t need me, grand kids I can’t wait to see, and my biggest problem involves keeping squirrels from eating the bird food.
Yet, I’m still regularly baffled by many things of life where God is giving me limited specifics and mostly telling me to “figure it out.”
Here are some things that have had me baffled within the last week. Some go back months or even years. Regardless, I find no quick and clear answers; just the call to figure it out.
- Why do so many people abandon or resist Christianity just because they see imperfect Christians representing a perfect Christ? What do they expect?
- Why did God kill everyone at Jericho?
- How do I make “speak the truth in love” more than a nice-sounding platitude?
- Should I buy a gun before it’s illegal to do so?
- Should I feel stupid that I didn’t even realize the Brits were thinking of leaving the European Union until a couple of days before it happened?
- And should I feel even more stupid because I have no idea how that vote will likely impact my life?
- How much of my work should be “my” projects versus “client” projects?
- Why do I use the word “frankly” as a crutch in my writing?
- Why do we try to shape God into an image that fits what we want and what we think is right?
- Why do we park on a driveway and drive on parkway? (OK, I actually know the answer to that one.)
- Trump or Clinton?
That’s just the short list. Frankly, I know God provides insights into everyone one of those questions, and, in some cases, the answers are clear if I’ll only look close enough or dig deep enough. But everything in life that leaves me baffled – from the squirrels to politics – has this in common: It’s in the hands of God. So whether I figure it out or not, I can trust that it will all work out. God is never baffled.
Remember the former things, those of long ago;
I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me.
I make known the end from the beginning,
from ancient times, what is still to come.
I say, ‘My purpose will stand,
and I will do all that I please.’