I’m a bit behind with uploading my posts but I’ll be caught up by Monday. Be blessed!
This week’s first reading brought to mind the impatience with which I always viewed any kind of sewing. We had a period called ‘fashion and fabrics’ at school, and I hated it with a passion. I eventually dropped the class but not without a bit of drama involving the teacher concerned and the principal. My mother tried to teach me how to sew, by hand and by machine, and I just never got the hang of it, and to be honest i never saw the point. As an adult, i finally saw the light: I bought myself a sewing machine for my 32nd birthday and determined to learn how to make clothing. I made one skirt and one half of a dress – and then I started making excuses. What does this have to do with Exodus 26? Read on.
You can’t sew if you’re super lazy and like to cut corners. Me? Super lazy and cutting corners is my super-power. Cut corners sewing and you send up with a skirt that has a crooked hem and half of a dress that won’t go down past your shoulders nor up past your hips. Do not ask how I know this. When He was giving instructions for the construction of the Tabernacle God left no room for cutting corners. He didn’t say ‘Put clasps on the thing, just make it fit together.’ No. He gave a specific number of clasps and directions as to how everything was to be fitted together. He gave detailed, specific instructions. When God says 50, you don’t put 49 or 52 clasps and expect Him to understand. God is not in the business of understanding.
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve said (and heard others say) something along the lines of ‘I know God says X but …’ to explain a particular course of action. Human nature being what it is, we want God to bless us even when we deliberately disobey what we know to be His will because it’s too hard, or too inconvenient, or because it will attract negative attention. I’ve done that, and I know you have too. Well, brace yourself because God doesn’t understand, He doesn’t lower His standards, He doesn’t compromise.
What then shall we say about Grace, I hear you murmur? Grace isn’t an excuse to sin, but it’s a chance, a second/third/fiftieth chance, for you to do better, be better. Grace isn’t so you can wallow in your sin, Grace is so when you fall you can get up again, call on the Blood and do better. Grace is for you to have that relationship with the Father despite and in spite of your sinful nature. Grace is you not getting the punishment you deserve, not because the crime is no longer a crime but because the price has been paid and you don’t have to be a slave to sin a minute longer.
So, that God who gave such detailed, precise instructions for the Tabernacle -? He is the Ancient of Days, the Alpha and the Omega, the Unchanging and Unchangeable One, He who was, is, and forever will be – that God is the same God today. He doesn’t ‘understand’ or ‘compromise’, no: He offers Grace -sweet, amazing Grace- but it’s up to you to accept it. Or not.
My prayer is for spiritual understanding. Let those who have ears hear.