Know Thy Refrigerator

June 1, 2012

Know Thy Refrigerator


I woke up this morning to a puddle around my refrigerator. At first, Katie and I thought it was broken (or at least I did). Turns out, something pressed in the spout on our Brita filter and the water leaked out everywhere. At least it was filtered water that I found all over our floor -- maybe it's cleaner now...

Anyway, in my clean up, I learned that the shelves in the door of our refrigerator are removable! It got me thinking about how refrigerators aren't the kind of thing we really explore when we get one, so we don't even know what we have. It's not like a new car where you drive it and try to find every cup holder or figure out how to fold down the seats in three different configurations (Honda Fits are amazing...). Or like a new camera with fifteen different picture settings. Or even a washer/drew where you always wonder what would happen if you try Permanent Press. Which reminds me, I have to go change my laundry. Excuse me...

Resuming this a day later...anyway, the whole point of this is birthed out of an effort to find existential truths in everyday happenstances -- always asking what I can learn from even the mundane.... In this case, I can see a parallel between our refrigerators and us. How? I wonder what untapped talents or abilities we may have just because we never look for the extra features.

"I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made..."
  - Psalm 139:14

"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
  - Ephesians 2:10

We were made for good things, already prepared for us by God! Paul wrote in Galatians that he was set apart from birth to first know Christ, and then preach Him to the gentiles. So if Paul has a purpose that he was created and destined to do, then do we?

Why not? I think we all do. How do we figure it out? Ask the Person who put them there and try things out (refrigerator parallel = read the manual and explore!).

So let's ask God what it is and then be willing to take the risk to follow His promptings. Think about actually knowing what we were made to do...wouldn't that be awesome? It would allow for such focus, and eliminate all the things that distract us. Then lead us to that "fullest life" Jesus came to give us.

So go ask Him. And not men necessarily...

"But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went immediately into Arabia and later returned to Damascus."
  - Galatians 1: 15 - 17 (emphasis added)

Paul knew. For sure. From God...So why can't we?


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