As Adalyn grows, her personality is emerging from the goo-goo-ga-ga baby talk. It’s one of the best parts of this whole kid-raising process, seeing her emerge. Obviously, right now, we’re only seeing glimmers and slivers of who she will be, but it’s still oh-so-much fun, and it makes my heart dance as I type.
I wonder if God feels the same way. Of course, he has given us our personalities, but I think that must make it even more fun. I’ll bet his heart dances as he sees one of his children become a thoughtful, and quiet man and another becoming a loud, brash, and gregarious woman.
It makes me wonder if some of the differences between different stripes of Christians, within the bounds of sound, biblical doctrine, are like different personalities, writ large. Each body of believers has its own sort of “vibe” and characteristics. This is true of individual Christians, individual churches, and groups of churches (networks and denominations).
I wonder if God sees some of these differences and rejoices as a father does over his quiet, sweet daughter and his loud, funny son. He loves them both, and their differences endear them to him that much more.
As the Father rejoices in the Son and the Spirit, who in turn rejoice each in the other two, celebrating the unity in diversity that is at the heart of all existence, in the heart of God himself, I wonder if we should spend less time bemoaning our differences and more time letting them move our hearts to dance.