February 29, 2012

What God is teaching me...

An excerpt from the devotion I'm doing with my Bible study - The Me I Want To Be by John Orthberg

" Because you have been created by God as a unique person, his plan to grow you will not look the same as his plan to grow anyone else....

If we really want to help someone grow, we will have to help them in a way that fits their wiring.

Our great model for this is God himself, for he always knows just what each person needs.

He had Abraham take a walk, Elijah take a nap, Joshua take a lap and Adam take the rap.

He gave Moses a forty-year time out, he gave David a harp and a dance, and he gave Paul a pen and a scroll.

He wrestled with Jacob, argued with Job, whispered with Elijah, warned Cain, and comforted Hagar.

He gave Aaron an altar, Miriam a song, Gideon a fleece, Peter a name, and Elisha a mantle.

Jesus was stern with the rich young ruler, tender with the women caught in adultery, patient with the disciples, blistering with the scribes, gentle with the children and gracious with the thief on the cross.

God never grows two people the same way. God is a hand-crafter, not a mass producer."