Friday, May 29, 2009

God is NOT linear

First of all I need to thank Terri Abraham (@mtabraham on twitter) for this title. It's something she told me years ago but its come up again recently in my life.

I've been tutoring a local high school student recently. She was failing Algebra II in a big bad way and I told her I could help. You know because us pastors use Algebra and Trig on a daily basis so it should be no problem right?

Actually it wasn't too hard. I was a math geek in high school so I remembered more than I thought and was able to look up the rest. I'll also brag a bit here - she pulled her final grade up to a B.

I really didn't teach her much math but some study skills she was lacking in. Her teacher was new to teaching after having been an engineer for 20 years or so. His teaching style was different than what my friend was used to but not all that different from what she'll encounter in college. I just taught her how to study a different way and what questions she needs to ask. I hope that those lessons stick more than her memory of the Unit Circle.

For her final exam we were reviewing the graphing of inequalities. Basically it is just like graphing a regular line except that you need to shade certain parts of the graph to show it could be > or < and/or = any point on said line. For those of you who can't picture the visual it all boils down to there not being just one answer for the problem. There are several points that answer the equation and several that don't. Separating the two is the goal.

Which brings me back to Terri's quote. Being the math geek that I am, I constantly want to put God in my list of bullet-ed things to do and/or understand. I want to get to the next level of Christianity by doing x, y, and z but as I'm reminded, God is not linear and as I'm created in God's image - neither am I.

There are a lot of things that God is NOT. God is not evil, stupid, or apathetic. There are a lot of things I'm not. I am not boring, tall, or talkative. There are a lot of things that God is. God is gracious, loving, strong. I am insightful, funny, and driven.

But even with all of these things that I am and am not and the things that God is and is not, there are a whole host of things that we can't even begin to mention. If God were linear then we would know all points on the line. We would understand EXACTLY who God is. And so my friends I'm happy to say that God is not linear. God is greater than what we can imagine. And that makes our journey even more exciting.

Until Everyone Hears,

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