By Yodit Kifle
I absolutely love to travel. As scary as it may be sometimes, I love getting on airplanes. Strangely, there’s a part about flying that somehow brings me to tears every time. And it’s not the taking off and landing parts — which I will admit still has me grabbing the hands of the people next to me, whether I know them or not, because it’s always nerve wrecking.
But the part that makes me cry is far beyond any fear. It’s the part when we are already high up and I look outside those small airplane windows and look down; the tears that gently fall down are from the humbling yet beautiful reminder of just how vast this earth is and how small I am. I’m brought back to the comforting realization that I serve a big God.
A BEAUTIFUL EXCHANGE
You see, I’ve learned that when we give our lives to Jesus, it will never be about equality in expectations. There will never be anything in us that will equate to His matchless name. Rather, it will always be about a beautiful exchange. As I looked outside that window to see the vastness of His creation and the smallness of my existence, I couldn’t help smiling at the thought of how perfect that relationship was.
I see how faithful He is and how inconsistent I can be, yet how perfect that is.
I see how holy He is and how unworthy I am, yet how perfect that is.
I see how patient He is, and how stubborn I am, yet how perfect that is.
I see how strong He is and how weak I am, yet how perfect that is.
I see how sovereign He is and how limited I am, yet how perfect that is.
I see how perfect He is and how imperfect I am, yet how perfect that is.
It’s in His faithfulness we come to see He can never go against His word as He tells us in 2Timothy 2:13 —“If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” He is, was, and will always be the same. His character can’t change.
It’s in His holiness we can humble ourselves, acknowledging it’s only by His grace and righteousness that we can have any standing with Him. Our works will never reach holiness but His holiness will always reach our works and He will sanctify them and allow them to glorify Him.
It’s in His patience we understand He is slow to anger and abounding in love, grace, and mercy. He will wait for us no matter how long it takes for us to get it. His redemptive nature will redeem the time we thought was lost and wasted and He will turn it all around for our good.
It’s in His strength that our weakness makes sense. Our weakness is made usable for God’s glory to shine in our lives because He can have His way. Our weakness magnifies our dependence on Him.
It’s in His sovereignty that we come to fear less of how our future will turn out because we know He holds it. It becomes clear why no eyes have seen and no ears have heard all the Lord has for us. We come to believe all things will work together for us no matter how grim our situations are at the present moment.
It’s in His perfection that we are comfortable with knowing that we have no expectations to meet for Him nor do we have a responsibility to Him, for those breed condemnation and guilt. Instead, because of His perfect love for us, we are compelled to live in expectancy of His loving nature in our lives and He gives us an opportunity to respond daily to His never-ending love. His perfection and our imperfection fit so perfectly, the only thing we have to do is accept it.
The simplicity and beauty of this relationship is it’s all a beautiful exchange. All that He is for all that we are. All we are not for all He is. Nothing more, nothing less.
A simple yet profound quote from one of the best movies, Rudy, brings this all together: “There is a God, and I am not Him.”
So live in that understanding — the simplicity of that will bring peace to your mind and help you see how perfect this relationship really is.
Reflection question: What are some things that God is asking you to exchange so you can receive His perfection? Share your thoughts below.