Friday, February 8, 2013

Intentionality, Part 2 -- God of the Details

"Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.  Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."
~ Luke 12:6-7, NIV ~ 

The above diagram might look to the average viewer like a bad nightmare from their high school chemistry class, but it details the difference between life and death for our son.  This schematic is an illustration of what is more commonly known in medical circles as the clotting cascade.  Approximately 20 different chemical reactions have to occur in the blood, all in a sequential order, for the body to form a stable clot.  Our son is missing just one of those little numbers, Factor 8 (FVIII), which prevents him from clotting, even without apparent trauma or injury.  His "factor"must be replaced with a synthetic intravenous substitute 3-4 times a week on a good week, and every 12 hours in a critical situation.  Those little IVs cost over $2,000 per infusion because of the intricacy of making the factor and because there is a comparably small demand for the product with hemophilia occurring in only approximately 17,000 individuals in the United States.

Shift gears now away from bleeding, and spend some time petting a dog or a cat.  As you stroke the fur of these animals, look more intently.  Notice how each little hair is a certain natural length, color and texture depending upon where it is located on the animal's body.  View how each little hair is carefully placed on these common pets.  If there is just a small patch of that fur missing, say the size of a dime, it is disturbingly noticeable.  

These two very different examples are merely the beginning of all the detail our awesome and glorious God has to put on display through the creation He loves.  Meditate on that momentarily.  He didn't have to make the incredible variation of hues, tones and colors, but He did.  All of the flavors our human tongues are able to enjoy from steak to strawberries, He intentionally created.  Every texture that your child is drawn towards or repelled by were part of His remarkable plan.  Our minds could literally be overwhelmed by all of complexity our Creator has put into His creation.

As I set my mind and heart towards intentionality, I realize that I am created in the image of God.  I know from His word that I am also called to be conformed to the likeness of His son, Jesus, the Christ.  (See Romans 8:29)  If our Yahweh God approaches life with such intentionality, and I am created and called to be like Him, should I not also aspire towards a lovingly purposeful style?

I am not implying that we should become obsessive or worried.  We are not God and are limited in our humanity.  However, intentionality calls for care from us rather than apathy or disregard.  It calls for us to put a little more effort forth to yield the type of satisfying result our loving Father intended for us.  Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit living in me, I can give that extra effort.

When I would rather read a book than plan meals; when I would rather just go to the grocery store immediately without making a list; when I just want to charge into that IEP meeting to give them a piece of my mind instead of writing down well thought out solutions that might work;  when I don't feel like putting in the effort to deal with the insurance company, just that tiny extra push of intentionality will make the difference between being swept into more chaos by my circumstances or enjoying the fruit of mindfulness in my actions.

PRAY:  Awesome Creator, I praise You that You are the God of details!  Thank you for awakening my spirit to your intentionality, so that I may imitate it and enjoy Your best for me and my family.

~ Barb Dittrich

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