Oops

Published on Oct 12th, 2016 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
Oops

Oops

A man was having minor surgery. He was numbed in the area of surgery but awake. Although a sheet hid what the doctor was doing he could hear what was happening. This is what he heard…”Scalpel…spreader…scissors…oops”. He reacted like we would. “What did you say? Did you say oops? I have said oops before and I know what it means. What do you mean when you say oops?” That was actually part of a longer comedy routine I heard as a child. I can remember laughing nervously as I pictured the whole scenario. It was really funny but scary at the same time. There are just certain people you don’t want to hear “oops” from. Unfortunately, it was also during that time that I thought that God must have “oopsed” when he created me. While some people found great comfort in the words of Psalm 139, I found them kind of cruel. Listen to what David writes, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139:13-16 I was moved by God’s personal involvement in my life. I was amazed at the beauty of my body and how it worked. I just figured God oopsed a little when he formed my legs. They were as skinny as the rest of my body, would not take a tan, and were broken up in the middle by two knobs that were to pass as knees. It was not just in my head. When I was brave enough to wear shorts, thousands (ok, maybe it just felt like thousands) of people pointed out the knobiness of my knees. It did not help that my brother and sister received all of the Italian genes of the family and had the olive skin that tanned when exposed to the sun for five minutes. I received the Bohemian genes that caused your skin to glow in the dark. These were the days of the Farrah Fawcett poster and Bay Watch. Tan was healthy. I thought, God was either cruel or he oopsed. I have long since left those self centered, ungrateful days and have learned to accept the glory of God’s creation and the truths of Psalm 139. I thank God that he spoke to my heart about my immature views and how petty my thoughts were. I can still remember feeling uncomfortable and making fun of my flaws when one brother looked at me and said, “They work don’t they?”. Kind of put my in my place and showed me my pettiness.

God does not oops. Psalms 139 tells us that he forms each one of us and knits us together in our mother’s womb. He is involved in the forming of our frames and then is in control of all of the days of our lives. I know that I do play a role in being a good steward of the body that God has given to me but to be ungrateful for the body that he did give me is a sin that we too often excuse. In our body conscious culture it is easy to fall into the trap that maybe God made a mistake or two when he formed our bodies. We must be careful that the hours spent in the gym or on the road running are not driven by an ungrateful, dissatisfied attitude toward God. We must check our hearts to make sure that those hours are not hours trying to fix what God messed up. Just like every other hour in our lives, they are to be given to glorify God. We may be trying to fix what we messed up but we must be careful that all of our hours are God centered and not me centered.

What if my silly struggle was a far greater one? What if I believed my whole body was wrong? What if since I was a young child I thought I was born into the wrong body? That God had not oopsed a little but a lot? My heart goes out to those who struggle like this. I cannot imagine magnifying the struggle I had by that much. But the truths are still the same. God never has an oops. The dissatisfaction that I felt did not come from God but came from my sin nature. There are sins that easily derail us and that have been with us from birth. They are there because we are born sinners and have tendencies and desires that are sinful. Although difficult, the believer must walk in faith and trust that God did not oops but formed you just as he wanted you. David also wrote this, “Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart” Psalm 37:4. This is not a blank check that gives us the formula for God to give us everything we desire. It is a promise from the covenant keeping God that if we delight in him he will give us new desires for our heart. He will change the deepest desires of dissatisfaction into desires of gratitude and praise.

I hope I do not sound as if I stand in judgment. My silly example of my own body shaming was driven by a heart full of pride, ungratefulness, and jealousy. It was, and is, ugly. The joy I now feel comes because a holy God refused to allow me to stay in my sin. He opened my eyes to the fact that he cannot and will not ever oops. He allowed me to see his solution to my sin problem. Jesus came and lived among us and then died to set us free from the ugliness of our sin. Rather than steal his glory by believing that he made a mistake I am able to give him great glory for loving me in my sin and not leaving me there.

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