Today I was asked about my prior experience in modeling.
I know what most of you are thinking. So what kind of modeling experience does James have? Maybe you are thinking “I know he is an attractive and handsome guy, but modeling, really?” 🙂
The answer is yes – I have experience modeling. For years, I have spent time putting my experience and knowledge into computer simulating and modeling programs…. What? That isn’t the kind of modeling you were thinking of?
OK, so maybe I was a little vague in my explanation.
Anyway, I wanted to talk about modeling, and in particular modeling life.
You see, we are rather intelligent beings (some more so than others). And we can piece together small bits of information to form hypotheses, that can be tested, and tried to prove a multitude of theories.
We can even formulate suppositions based on prior knowledge and experience to predict outcomes and establish probabilities on certain future events. However, there is one variable in the equation that we haven’t quite figured out how to manage yet, and that variable is God. You see, no matter how much experience, how much knowledge, or how much we think we know of something, God can turn the tables on anything and cause the outcome to be drastically different than we would ever expect.
The interesting phenomenon to this “variable” however is that God is constant. He doesn’t change.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. – Hebrews 13:8 (ESV)
He is the same today, yesterday and tomorrow. We know this. We know He doesn’t change, so why can’t we predict Him. We call Him a “variable” in the equation, when in fact He doesn’t vary, He remains constant.
So, if we know that His position is constant, why can’t we predict the outcomes of events? For example, why do we have trouble sometimes trusting in Him when we are in a valley of trials? Why do we struggle and worry over the outcomes of our children or our friends?
We know that God is a God of love and that He has a greater plan than we do.
Recently, I saw this Facebook posting which I believe is a great depiction of how we may think Christian life is. While I really do love the contrasting picture that this shows, I feel that there is one thing missing from the picture that would better help us focus on the reality of life. And that one thing missing is God. You see, despite our ups and downs, no matter what struggles we endure, in spite of how hard we may think our life journey is, God is there, right beside us the entire time. He is just patiently waiting for us to reach over and hold His hand and ask for His help. Will you put out your hand to His today?