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My son is reaching that age. The age of barbarism. If you’ve ever had children, you either know what I’m talking about, or will.

It’s that age. You know the one, where they know more than you and let you know about it. When they reach this age, if you had somehow held onto the illusion that you could tame them or make them civilized, that illusion is quickly torn to pieces and your only response is ‘this is surely not MY CHILD.”

My son, who is my greatest blessing, is also the source of my greatest frustration. I long ago gave up on the illusion of taming him. The final straw in the tamablity quotient came as a result of the loudest and greatest burp I ever heard that somehow made itself out of his mouth. Then when I commented on it, he just said “what?”

Barbarian was my only thought.

Since then, I have been able to cultivate at least some semblance of civil behavior in him, but I have no idea what he does when I’m not around. I’m not entirely convinced that he will ever be tame, and, I’m not sure if I really want him to be. Life would be a little boring if we were ever truly domesticated.

But, isn’t that what we try to do with God? We try to domesticate Him, make Him tame, so we can live in quiet civility. We don’t want Him to draw attention to Himself or us, and, we certainly don’t want Him to upset our little applecart.

Of course, that’s what He does because He is God. He can’t help it.

In our delusional state, we have it all wrong, we don’t tame Him. He tames us. In fact, He is wholly untamable, and in trying to tame Him we show how woefully ignorant we are of who He truly is.

It’s like when Mr. Tumnus comments to Lucy about the nature of Aslan in the great C.S. Lewis classic, “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.”

‘It’s not like he’s a tame lion,’ he tells her at the end of the movie based on the book.

It’s not like He’s a tame God. A God who willingly gives up His own life for the guilty person so they have a chance to live, is not tame in any way, shape or form. He could do just about anything, and does.

“Have you ever come on anything quite like this extravagant generosity of God, this deep, deep wisdom? It’s way over our heads. We’ll never figure it out.

Is there anyone around who can explain God? Anyone smart enough to tell him what to do? Anyone who has done him such a huge favor that God has to ask his advice?”

Romans 11:33 – 36 (The Message)

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