Found Objects

"Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and pourtray upon it the city, even Jerusalem." (Ezekiel 4:1)

The Lord has Ezekiel depict Jerusalem on what is translated as "tile" but has the connotation of a brick (Strong's). In other words, it's like Ezekiel is playing with toys. To my mind, this speaks to the scale of God and us.

Picking up our room

Coming back around to the ways we were as children is always a welcome thing. Would you say, barring the very adult responsibilities we have, that that is what we are looking to do? We have any number of pressing matters, but we always look for the ease of such. Our weekend, a vacation. Something to help us fall back in that groove we walked in effortlessly and saw ourselves as we were. We grow out of that but it doesn't mean we can't reobtain it for who we are now.

"I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets." (Hosea 12:10)

Think about what your toys represent. Playing with dolls in preparation for parenthood. Building blocks as a means of erecting a haven of rest, ease, etc. This is serious stuff. Yet we didn't see it for what it was. We just "did it". And now that these very real things, of which our toys were merely a "similitude" are again our primary concern, God would have us bring them to Him. I played with Legos as a kid. Every time I had difficulty separating two pieces, I'd bring them to my dad and he'd always separate them but he'd go one further. He'd put them together in a simple way after the moment it took to "unstuck" them. Just a little gesture. But looking back, I can see the hand of God. The gentleness and care given to that which was only a little piece of what I was working with. I'd wait and thank him and go play. This is what it's like for children. And it's what God still requires of us. We may have exponentially  more than we did as kids. But God still sees us as His kids. Nothin' fancy. Just playing around in the sandbox of life.

"And when they were come to Capernaum they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your Master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto Him, of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free." (Matthew 17:24-26)