The God of Contrasts

This morning I woke up super early and wrote a poem for our blog, Let Him Whisper.  Immediately I started doubting myself because I am just so far out of my element in writing anything that has any sort of poetic undertone to it.  I'm an engineer for goodness sake!!!  So after I posted it, I wrote Jenny to tell her I was wanting to take it down because I was just sure it was awful, but I wasn't going to because I woke up with those words on my heart.  I had to intentionally choose to trust that God put them there for a purpose, for someone to read, for me to write and hear.  So I left the post up... and continued to wrestle with the totally out of character act that started today.

As I was getting dressed and praying over my day and laughing about the strange start to the morning, God convicted me deeply.  I realized He was laughing along with me and gently saying to me... You are right, you are not a morning person and you are not a poet. That's exactly why I woke you up so early with words set to song on your heart, so you would know without a shadow of a doubt that it is me talking.  I am a God of contrast that made a shepherd into a king.  I made Abraham, an old man with a barren wife, into the greatest father of all time.  Why do you question that I can use an engineer to be a writer, a speaker, a poet or anything else I want?  Contrast is where I become incredibly evident because there is no other explanation.  So listen to what I told you this morning... Hear my whispers and let them become roars.

It is so easy for us to become so conditioned to what's expected from us, so comfortable for us to operate inside the well-defined box that is made up of our personality and talents.  But that's not how God works at all.  Sure He may use us in the most natural feeling way possible, but He may also have something far more creative planned.  So as I was convicted and challenged today, I now ask you... what is the God of contrast whispering into your life?

The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord , for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord , but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.
— 1 Kings 19:11-12