Here’s the question that naturally springs from this verse: how does God work?
I don’t have all the answers. In fact, I don’t have any answers. But I will tell you what I think I know, which is this:
God works in grand, sweeping, universal ways and in the most subtle, personal ways. He is broad brush strokes and painstaking detail work. He works whether we notice his work or not. He is particular and personal and intimate and small. He is awesome, powerful, and universal. And through it all, in the small and intimate and in the grand and sweeping, God is love. His work is love.
God is love. His work is love. And thus, that’s our work too. Created in his image, God in us, we are called to love.
I’ve learned this one the hard way, friends, and it’s taken me most of my life. But here’s the truth: God is the foundation for everything, and every aspect of your life begins with him.
You can’t start with your work and move toward God.
You can’t start with your marriage and move toward God.
You can’t start with your children and move toward God.
You can’t start with your passion or your calling and move toward God.
You have to start with God; everything in your life flows out from your relationship with him. Knowing that in your heart, mind, soul, muscles, sinews, and bones changes everything, from the way you relate to friends, strangers, and loved ones to the way you do your work.