"But who are we to tell God how to run his affairs? He's dealing with matters that are way over our heads." Job 21:22 (MSG)
A few years back, there was a clever television show I enjoyed called Joan of Arcadia. The premise of the show was that an everday teenager named, Joan, began receiving personal visits from God. God would often give Joan assignments, and in one particular episode God requests that Joan ask the biggest weirdo in school to go to the school dance with her.
Joan fought it, as any right-minded teenage girl would, but she ended up obeying. Nevertheless, nothing seemed to go right. Her decision created a maelstrom of conflict within her family, her peer group, and the school. The night of the dance was a fiasco and her "date" ends up getting arrested. Joan was angry and perplexed. Why would God tell her to do this, only to be embarrassed when her date ended up in jail?
In the final scene of the episode, God reveals to the raging Joan that her date was almost ready to go off on their high school, Columbine style. Despite the fact that her evening at the dance was a fiasco and her personal life took a momentary hit, in the larger picture her actions saved the lives of many of her friends.
I was reminded of that episode as I read Job's words today. It's a good reminder that God is, indeed, dealing with matters that are much greater and infinitely more complex than my simple mind can fathom.
I must have faith.