Have you ever dislocated a bone?
Since childhood, I’ve had a bone that pops out of place every once in awhile and gets caught in the opposite lining of my throat (at least, that’s what the doctor said!). In Scripture, when God tells us that we are unique, I think He was thinking about me and my weird little throat bone!!
My little bone will pop out of place if I turn my head too quickly or jerk it suddenly. When I was a kid, I liked to roughhouse with my younger brother and sister. It was a very common thing to hear my mother’s voice yell above the clamour, “Watch out for Steph’s bone!” Whenever it popped out, all I had to yell was, “My bone!” and all fun would cease until I put the thing back into place, and then we would start in again! Sometimes, it would pop out several times during our wrestling matches—much to my siblings’ frustration. It was a scene straight out of a National Lampoon movie!
To get the little bone back into place, all I had to do was relax, put my hand up by my Adam’s apple (FYI– females do have one, it’s just more “girlie” than our male friends’), and then gently snap the thing back in place. All it took was a few moments of discomfort to line that bone up with its joint. Over time, I became very skilled at popping it back into place. However, there were times that the bone didn’t easily cooperate, and in those times, I’d have to calm my growing panic and work a bit harder to get it back where it belonged!
Now, at 40 something…something…, that old bone hardly ever pops out! Then again, I am not roughhousing in the living room with my siblings either. However, there have been several pillow fight incidents with my children that have been bone-popping free!
Back in the Garden of Eden, in the very beginning, God created male and female, and our wills lined up with His. Initially, the first man and the first woman wanted what God wanted. We were created to say “yes” to God.
Then, Eve disobeyed God and ate from the one tree God told them not to, sharing the fruit with Adam. Thus, sin found its way into the human race. Because of The Fall, God’s Will and man’s loyal obedience to it became “disjointed.” Now, instead of functioning in the harmony of God’s Will, man naturally asserts and follows his own will. From Adam down to us today, men and women no longer agree with Jesus’ words, “Not my will, but Thine.” Instead, our motto is “My will, not Thine!” Therefore, because our will doesn’t agree with God’s…it remains out of joint!
“Now the God of peace…make you perfect in every
good work to do his will, working in you
that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen”
(Heb 13:20-21 KJV)
The Greek word for PERFECT means, “to put in joint, to complete.”
How is our will snapped back into line with God’s will?
“By the God of peace.”
Sometimes, I try to tame my will on my own, and most days, I am weary with the struggle to line it up with God’s. Therein is the problem! I cannot tame my own will — I have to give it over to the God of Peace. This is something I have to do every day. You see, because of “the incident” in the garden, my own will takes control by default. I have to intentionally give it over to “the God of Peace.” Much like my little bone, we may have to snap our wills back into place a few times a day. Some days it may take more work than others!
Remember my weird throat bone?
When it became disjointed, it was still part of my body. Yet, it was useless; much like your arm would be if it became disjointed. It remains useless until snapped back into place. Then, it once again functions the way it was intended!
Isn’t that the same for you and I?
Yes, we are a part of the body of Christ by and through redeeming grace, but our wills need to be brought into union with God’s. Until this happens, we are powerless and not fulfilling our purpose. We need to let the Great Physician use His gentle hands to snap our wills back into union with His. Each time we let Him snap it back, just as it was with my little bone, it will become easier to do so! Then, our obedience will be in place with God’s Will and we will become all He intended for us to be!
What is that noise I hear?
Hopefully, the snapping of relocating wills!