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“Find Inspiration at EVERY turn!”

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Isn’t it interesting that in Math, often times you or someone else can go through many different processes to get the “right” answer?  But, sometimes in more advanced math problems- you have to go through what’s called the Order of Operations, if you hope to get the desired answer… going in a certain “order”… doing one step before the others to get the desired outcome.

I LOVE THIS!

Why? You may well be wondering, along with, “what the HECK does this have to do with anything?!”

Well, I’m glad you asked (or thought it…oh, whatever…you know what I mean)!

…So it is with God…

There is only ONE direction we can go to get to him  -> -> -> that’s through Christ alone!

This may seem incredibly “intolerant,”  but…it’s TRUE! For example,  how foolish would I look, if I went to my Calculus professor and insisted:  “You’re being intolerant! I want to solve the problem this way________ (fill in the blank) … but you dare to tell me, that there is only one way to start this problem for it to end with the correct solution?! How INTOLERANT!”

To say the professor was being “intolerant” would be pretty silly, indeed! Because our logic tells us that there are certain Math rules or laws one must follow to get the right answer.  In math, we accept this “intolerance,” as just the way it is.  It’s unalterable in our minds …  after all, It’s a law of mathematics!  What if God’s universal laws worked the same way? I, daresay, that they do.

Question:

Why then, do people have such a problem with Christianity being “intolerant?”  When in reality, it’s just a FACT of life here on Earth…there’s only ONE way out.

*As always, I would like to leave you with the inspiration for this post.  A friend of mine posted a “word-problem” on facebook:

There is a bus with 7 girl riders. Each girl has 7 bags. Each bag has 7 large cats inside. For each large cat there are 7 small cats. How many legs are on the bus omitting the bus driver?

What I got…

7 girls
7 bags each
7 large cats per bag
7 little cats for each large

7 little cats x 4 legs = 28 legs

28 legs + 4 Big cat legs = 32 legs

32 legs x 7 cats = 224 legs per bag

224 cat legs x 7 bags = 1,568 cat legs

1,568 cat legs + 2 girl legs = 1,570 legs

1,570 legs x 7 girls = 10,990 total legs

This is How she got it…
7 girls
7 bags each
7 large cats per bag
7 little cats for each large

7×2=14 girl legs
7×7=49 total bags
49×7=343 big cats
343×4=1372 big legs
343×7=2401 kittens
2401×4=9604 kitten legs
14+1372+9604=10990

 

Unless in the small chance, this is one if those tricky questions which wants the response, “zero, since a bus has no legs,” as someone quickly pointed out…lol…both means were effective at getting the answer! : )

 

God can speak to us through ANY and EVERY thing…if we’re looking!!

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One of my first finds…

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After reading Genesis 2:18-20 in Spanish, I saw it in a new way (scroll down to see the direct quote in Spanish). This is the passage in the Bible where God decides to create Eve.  Read for a quick review…

Genesis 2: 18-20 :

18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.

20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.
But for Adam no suitable helper was found.

So, here’s the run down:

God looks at man and says, “It’s not good for man to be alone, so I will make a suitable helper for him.  Then God does something interesting.  He doesn’t get to work immediately on making this “helper” for Adam.  Instead, He takes from the whole Earth and sky all the creatures He had formed and brings them to Adam to see what Adam would name them.  And, it says that as he named them, so they were known and called.

Adam gave names to EVERY living creature.  How long must this have taken?! We are not given that information, but we can guess that it was probably not done “all in a day’s work.”  Furthermore, it wasn’t until the last animals were named that we realize, as did he, that “[nevertheless], he did not find among them an adequate helper.”

The word, “nevertheless,” found in the Spanish version as “Sin embargo,”  indicates to the reader that Adam has possibly been puzzling over this for awhile and is somewhat exasperated by this conclusion.

It is at this point, I believe, that Adam recognizes his need and his inadequacy.  You can imagine that after naming ALL of creation, he was probably a bit dismayed that none were like him. He felt utterly alone.

In this moment of despair and recognition of his need, not a moment before or a moment too late, does God put Adam into a deep sleep and created woman out of man.

It is my belief that Adam was in this posture for quite a while.  Naming these creatures, at first, must have been a great joy and even a thrilling excitement to Adam! He was the special being or creature, whom God gave dominion over all else!  What a PRIVILEGE! How EXCITING!!

Overtime, however, it started to occur to Adam how completely alone he was; as he noticed that everything else under God’s sun had a compatible match, while he alone did not.  I wonder how long into this work he had managed to get before he realized his need; his desire to have one like him to relate to, to help him.

It never tells us this, but we can tell by the tone in his “voice” that he was at least a little disappointed, in the end, to have found not even one suitable or like him.  Talk about a LOW!

I can imagine Adam sitting there in anticipation, naming the creatures of this world, waiting to see his match turn up in the lot; wondering when God would have her produced. He might have thought about how much quicker his work would get done with one like him, helping him…inspiring him.

(He named her, “Wo-man,” I mean come on…he was lacking inspiration at that point ; ) lol )

In the end though, he was still alone.

Nevertheless, there was not one in ALL the creatures compatible with him.

God

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