Monday, November 20, 2000

Malachi 2:17

"Ye have wearied the Lord with your words.  Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him?  When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?"
Malachi 2:17

This is interesting, I think because after I think about it, I see it everywhere.  I remember once going to a lecture by a popular Mormon author... she was talking about writing in general, but towards the end she said, and I think it was the only thing that I retained from the whole lecture, that she didn't think that it was ethical to ever write a story where evil triumphed in the end... people read your words, she said, and they believe you... and we should never lead *anyone* to believe that evil is stronger than good.  I thought that was a fascinating viewpoint, and I have thought about it a lot over the years.  In writing, which is a lot of what I do, and in life... is it ethical to present God as fallible or imperfect?  Sometimes we feel these things... We wonder why murderers go free, and are rich and powerful, while truly good people live sometimes hellish lives.  We wonder what God is trying to teach us sometimes, or what he is thinking... but it is all part of faith.  Just because we see a tiny thread of the pattern and notice a flaw, as we think, in the fabric... it doesn't mean anything until we step back and look at the entire work.  Threads thicken and thin and even end, but a master weaver knows how to use them to beautify the pattern.  To add texture, to create the exquisite tapestries of life.  When we see something different than we understand or expect in a thread, we shouldn't assume that the whole bolt of cloth should be thrown away, or that the master weaver isn't talented enough to use the thread to the advantage of the work.  God knows *everything.*  He has a positive reason for *everything.*  Today, instead of being offended by some of the threads in our lives, let's try to talk to the weaver, who can see, so much better than we can, the shape of our lives.

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