Complex Simplicity

stonesComplex things are born out of simple things. Every complex formula is derived from a simple basic concept. But most of us have a tendency of complicating things that should be kept simple.  For example, God’s way of doing things is very simple and, to many, often seem to be too ordinary. God is truly complex, brilliant and spectacular but He doesn’t often come to us as such. Consequently, most of us often miss God because we expect Him to always come to us in a sophisticated, brilliant or spectacular fashion.

Sometimes the smallest things are the ones that make the biggest difference. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is the“extra”. Incredible individuals can take a thing that seems to be ordinary and add the ‘extra’ to it to make it extraordinary. God is the most incredible entity you can ever imagine. He does achieve the incredible from almost nothing. Yes, His results are mind bugling but His methods are no brainer. In fact, at times, they are too simple for an average person to take notice.

God is spirit (mystery) and His dealings are mysterious. Since God doesn’t have a physical embodiment He disguises Himself in unlikely things. As the scripture says, God chooses those the world considers foolish [to accomplish great things through them] in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chooses those that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chooses things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and uses them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. (1Cor. 1:24-29)

When God says He will do something two things are for sure. One: He will definitely do what He said. But two: How He’ll do it will surprise you. God is predictably unpredictable. That which you can predict or understand you can control.  Since God is too great to be controlled it is impossible to predict or understand Him. Attempting to do that is a recipe for disappointment.

God might tell you where He’s taking you to but He’ll never tell you where He’ll take you through. God will always take you to the Promised Land, but He’ll take you through seas and deserts before you get there. If God has to take you to a place only a few have ever been, He will take you through the road less traveled. He will eventually do great things through you but He will start with trivial things. His presence is always awesome, but the premises He chooses to meet us are often anything but awesome.

Here are few examples.

God had an appointment with Jacob. Of all places He chose to meet Jacob in the open bare desert, alone, at night.  The experience was incredible and went on for a while. Afterwards Jacob said, “What an awesome place this is! It is none other than the house of God, the very gateway to heaven. Surely the Lord has been in this place all along, and I wasn’t even aware of it!” The next morning Jacob got up very early. He took the stone he had rested his head against, and he set it upright as a memorial pillar and named that place to Bethel (which means “house of God”). Genesis 28:13-19

When Mary Magdalene arrived at the tomb to anoint her saviour Jesus she was distraught to find out his body was not there. She had expected Jesus to be at the place and in the state she last saw him – in the tomb, dead. But the Jesus she was looking for had already risen. Amazingly enough, her master was right there talking to her but Mary mistook him with a mere garner. Had Jesus not revealed himself Mary would have missed the divine encounter. The risen Jesus chose to come to her in a humble personality of a cemetery keeper.

The promiscuous Samaritan lady mentioned in the fourth chapter of the Gospel of John spoke with Jesus Christ the messiah for a while, possibly hours, without knowing who he really was. Until Jesus revealed himself the woman thought she was talking with just another Jewish bloke. Jesus’ divine identity was – and still is been – missed by most not least by his own family. The Jews were expecting a promised Messiah, and the Messiah was right there in their midst but they missed him.

Despite repeated divine revelations the Jewish community rejected him because Jesus did not fit their Messianic profile. I can go on and on because there are too many instances of God been rejected because He’s mistaken with the unlikely.

God is never found in places that we widely expect Him to be. He will never use the means we think He will use. Since God will always defy both our logic and our expectations it is pointless to try and understand His ways.

This understanding, I believe, helps us to just believe Him. This also gives us the reason to treasure those things that seem to be ordinary, and avoid the trap of taking seemingly trivial achievements for granted.

Today, my sincere advise to you is to keep your eyes open, don’t allow your narrow thinking, prejudice, or stereotypes stand in the way of your blessing. As you dream big and aim higher, be willing to start small, taking one step at a time.

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