8/6/08

Kaleidoscope

One of my favorite toys as a five-year-old was a kaleidoscope. I loved to twist the end of the tube and watch the colored glass or stones “fall” into beautiful designs. Sir David Brewster patented the kaleidoscope in 1815, but it was actually a creation of the ancient Greeks. Originally intended to be a tool for scientific study, it was quickly turned into a toy.

In some ways, each one of our lives is an ever-changing kaleidoscope. We might have questioned God when the pieces of our lives “fell” into circumstances we didn’t anticipate, but in retrospect we can often see how God blended every unconnected piece into a beautiful pattern. God knows what He’s doing. It is our choice to trust the Designer and His purposes in choosing us.

I read some words by John MacArthur recently about a kaleidoscope. “One that I looked at recently had colored rocks in the end of it, and as I held it up toward the light and turned the end, all kinds of different forms and shapes appeared. But it was always the same rocks, just arranged, magnified, and displayed in different ways ... 1 Peter 2:4-10 speaks of Christ, the living Stone—rejected by men, but chosen by God and precious to Him. To those of us who believe on Christ, we also find that the ‘stone is precious.’ In the kaleidoscope of this truth, we also resemble ‘living stones.’ We are ‘a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God.’ The many colorful facets of our position in Christ are truly beautiful and awesome, and they are only seen when we are held up to the light of Christ. It is from the Living Stone, Jesus, that we receive every spiritual privilege.”

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