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Eyes of the Father: Don't grow up and leave God behind

POSTED: April 29, 2012 1:00 a.m.

One afternoon, Chloe wanted to watch a movie. In a completely unplanned turn of events, I reached for the remote at the same time she walked toward the TV. I hit the power button just as Chloe touched the TV screen.

The movie came on, and Chloe looked at me with an incredulous expression on her face. “Daddy! I touched the TV and the movie started all by itself!”

“Ooh,” I said with feigned wonder, “you must be magic!” Chloe grinned, reveling in her newfound “ability.”

I could have explained to her that I hit the remote, but it was much more fun to watch her think of herself as special – which, of course, she is.

I remember when I was Chloe’s age. There was no shortage of wonder in my life. I believed in magic, dragons and Superman. I made up adventurous stories in my mind that defined the laws of physics ... and reality. In my childlike understanding, there was no limit to what was possible.

Yet somewhere along the way, I grew up.

Slowly, quietly, inexplicably, my imagination atrophied. My sense of wonder shriveled. I ceased to believe a man could fly.

Instead of believing in the fantastical, I began trying to explain things in rational terms.

Unfortunately, I began to lump God and his work into the same category as my childhood imaginations. Instead of believing that God was at work in the world, I sought rational explanations for whatever it was he was doing. People weren’t healed, they just got better. God didn’t answer prayers, circumstances just resolved themselves.

Yet it takes more faith to believe things just happen to work out for the better than to believe there’s a God who takes a personal interest in our lives and intervenes on our behalf.

As we have “grown up,” have we lost the wonder of God’s love and work in this world?

Do we now, instead of accepting the wonder of God’s provision and love, look for rational explanations as to why things happen, and in the process “reason away” God’s work in both the world and our lives?

Psalm 14:1 states, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’” The paradox of this verse is that the smarter people are, the more easily they seem to be able to “explain away” God. In effect, the smarter they are, the more foolish they become.

Don’t fall into this trap. God is real. God works in this world and in our lives. It isn’t magic, it isn’t imagination. It is the love of a heavenly father.

Parrish Myers is a local minister. His column appears biweekly in Sunday Life and at gainesvilletimes.com/life.


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