Days of Awe, Day Five: Strength

 

There are many people who believe they are completely in charge of their own lives and God has nothing to do with it.

I don’t believe that.

There are many others who believe God makes all the choices, is in control of every second, and humans can only choose whether to cooperate or not.

I don’t believe that, either.

In fact, I’ve always lived in the tension between my choices and freedom and God’s sovereignty, wondering just where the boundaries are.

Today, in considering the Word of the Day, which is Strength, I had a moment of what I hope may be enlightenment. (It may be insanity instead; it’s often hard to tell the difference…)

Let’s talk about robotic exoskeletons!

According to that fount of all knowledge, Wikipedia, “A powered exoskeleton, also known as powered armor, exoframe, or exosuit, is a mobile machine consisting primarily of an outer framework (akin to an insect’s exoskeleton) worn by a person, and powered by a system of motors or hydraulics that delivers at least part of the energy for limb movement.”

Naturally, companies are developing these for military use, but the most exciting use of them, in my opinion, is to help people with physical disabilities. Some are making it possible for paraplegic people to stand unassisted, walk, and even climb stairs.

In other words, wearing one of these things, you are the motive force, you choose which arm or leg to move, you choose where to go, but the strength comes from outside yourself.

Hmmm!

No, I absolutely DO NOT mean God is some “force” we can use! But I do believe that God gives freedom to choose, and one of the choices I’ve made is to walk with God, “in whom,” the Bible says, “we live and move and have our being.” I don’t believe God overpowers our choices, or ignores them, but I do believe that choosing from within my life in God makes a spark of that omnipotence available to me! Which is shocking. Also unexpected, since things rarely come out the way I thought they would. God is still sovereign and has much better ideas than I do.

I don’t know if this babbling is making any sense to you at all, but I hope it gives you something to think about as you seek to help build the dominion of God on earth.

 

To ponder: I believe strong human wills are only safe inside of God. Otherwise, they do a lot of damage. Would you agree or disagree, and why?

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