Now that it’s summer and I’m done with classes, I have a ton of free time. No, I mean, a rather stupid amount. I’ve used this time to reach max rank in Halo, start logo/design work, get really good as Green Lantern in Injustice: Gods Among Us and start a few new TV shows. One of my new favorite shows to watch is Gordon Ramsay’s “Kitchen Nightmares”.
The premise of the show is a floundering restaurant reaches out to Gordon Ramsay to come and help their restaurant become successful, or at least get back on the right track. What always amazes me about these shows is that near every restaurant that calls Gordon in freaks out whenever he tries to be honest with them about what they’re doing wrong. Don’t worry, he isn’t yelling at this point. He starts yelling after they (the restaurant owners) yell at him.
When this happens, which is almost every episode, I sit back and think, “These people called him for help and now they’re yelling at him as if he doesn’t know what he’s talking about”. Sounds right.
And just like the infamous Jesus Juke (look it up on Pinterest), conviction settles in because I begin to wonder how many times I’ve called God in for some help and yell at Him, telling Him He doesn’t know what He’s doing.
I work for a well-known retail company whose logo has an affinity for fruit and sells quite possibly the best technological devices money can buy. When people come in, ask questions about the devices, whether it’s tech support or curiosity, it brings me great joy to share the knowledge I’ve accumulated over the years. I get to bring my expertise to the table and show people how to do things on their iPad that they barely dreamed of. They come to my team and I looking for answers to their problems and it is a blessing to be able to help them out.
Then there’s always that one person who says, after copious amounts of questions about which iPad is best for them, “Well, let me talk to my kids because they know more about these things and they’ll know what one I want”. It’s comments like those that make me feel as if the past 30 minutes were a complete and total waste of my time. Did they not learn anything? Did they not listen to my recommendations? I’ve helped them discover which one is the right one! Are they really going to let their kids talk them into the expensive 64 GB with cellular iPad?!
I can relate a little with God in that manner. I think part of our problem is we want God’s advice but when we’re unsure of the answer, whether it be because of fear or we simply don’t like the answer we get, we want a second opinion. We want another answer. We want something else. We would rather take the salad over the filet mignon.
The sad part is this results in us being busy in every other facet of our lives except the one that seeks God and His will. Are we really willing to walk in the wilderness, stubborn for an answer that we like? God is going to be brutally honest with us. He’ll do it in a loving manner but that doesn’t mean it isn’t going to hurt when we hear it.
Stop tiring yourself out trying to find, or create, an answer for your problem. Just ask God and go from there. If we really call God our Savior, our King, why would we want any other counsel?