Wednesday, February 17, 2016

God's Kaleidoscope

1 Corinthians 12:12
The Voice

12 Just as a body is one whole made up of many different parts, and all the different parts comprise the one body, so it is with the Anointed One.

A couple interesting thoughts have been roaming around my brain for a few weeks.  I got to thinking about a childhood toy I used to be fascinated with, the kaleidoscope.  Do you remember those tubes you would shake, then look through the little peephole and see all the different patterns of colors and shapes and sizes?  Then you would shake it again and there would be a new pattern.  You could do this indefinitely, it seemed like, there would always be a new color combo with new shapes and sizes.

It came to me that we, as children of God, are very much like a kaleidoscope.  According to 1 Corinthians, we are all the different parts of the Body of Christ.  If you read further into Chapter 12, you will find that it is compared to our human body.  Our body needs each member, each toe, each finger, etc.  If any of us were missing any part of our body, no matter how small or how unimportant, we would notice! 

So, as in the Body of Christ.  We might look around and think that someone is not so important to the Body.  Or maybe we look at ourselves and think that.  Maybe some days you feel like the pinky toe, seemingly not all that important or useful.  However, just as in our physical body, the Body of Christ would be hurting and incomplete without each and every member, no matter which member it is. 

Not only is each member important, but do we even know which member we are?  Think again about the kaleidoscope.  The different colors, shapes, and sizes - all put together and fitting just right.  Think about God looking at us as a kaleidoscope.  His pattern is not by chance.  And the way it looks from His view, may not be the way we view each other.  We might look at someone and think they don't have much to contribute to the Body, He may see them as a color and size that is shining through more brightly than our own.  You might think your own spot in His kaleidoscope is insignificant, but maybe He sees you as the bright spot.  Maybe He shakes it up now and then to keep us fresh and growing.  (And just think about what He sees when we try to take the control out of His hands!)

Personally, I like the thought of being part of God's Kaleidoscope.  It doesn't matter to me what color, shape or size He sees, I just want to be part of the One.