May 192017
 

(comparative more inexplicable, superlative most inexplicable)

  1. Impossible to explain; not easily accounted for.

I offer you the dictionary meaning of the word “inexplicable” because it’s utterly inexplicable how I’m even online this morning.

Just a few short hours ago, before I went to bed, I decided to spray some air freshener about because my little space here smelled like various varieties of wet cat food.

I doused the air with Febreze and laid down for the evening, having exchanged the smell of rotted shrimp for that of “Bora Bora Waters”.

I’m not sure why the waters of Bora Bora smell like old perfume, but that too is inexplicable…I digress.

As often happens, Miss Kitty decided that she needed a snack after I had gotten comfortable, necessitating that I rise and get one for her.

I got up and turned on the lamp…and as I reached for the lamp chain my hand was sprayed with something wet.

When the light came on I saw the bottle of Febreze slowly emptying it’s contents…directly into my modem.

The handle was stuck and it had been spraying a stream into the router for a few minutes.

Needless to say, the drenched electronics no longer worked.

I poured (and poured is the right word) out the liquid from the modem and wondered how in the world I was going to be able to replace it.

I laid down again feeling more than a little depressed and defeated…the inexplicable accidents of life seem to happen here way too often.

This morning, I plugged it in, just out of desperate hope.

One by one, the lights flickered on across the face of the modem.

They stayed on.

They’re on now.

This, my friends, is inexplicable.

The seeming destruction of my modem and it’s resurrection are both inexplicable.

Actually, the fact that it is working is explicable.

God had mercy.

I don’t need any other explanation.

This got me thinking…

We try so hard to explain everything, including the Biblical story of redemption.

We analyze every jot and tittle of the 66 books to come up with precise doctrines and definitions of that which in the end is inexplicable save the love and mercy of God.

Then we condemn anyone who came up with something different in their search for answers to the inexplicable.

We suck every last bit of the joy and wonder out of our salvation and the work of God on our behalf, which is truly inexplicable behavior.

This morning, I’m rejoicing in the inexplicable mercy of God.

Go and do likewise.

Inexplicable mercy is a call to worship, not explanation…

Make your own application…

 

  29 Responses to “TGIF”

  1. “We suck every last bit of the joy and wonder out of our salvation and the work of God on our behalf, which is truly inexplicable behavior.” true and sad and i know i’m guilty

    perhaps those of us who pray for your healing, Michael, are having more success with your electronics 🙂
    now, Lord, if you can spare the modem, can You not spare the man?

    does anyone know if Febreeze will kill the smell of whatever crawled into some inaccessible cavity of my car this winter and died? my beautiful Chrysler Pacifica (a gift from God – seriously) smells like an abandoned tool shed

  2. My computer suddenly smells like Bora Bora. How does that happen? Inexplicable. 🙂

  3. John 20:29,

    Febreze can kill the smell of almost anything…but a modem can survive it. 🙂

  4. KevinH,

    Indeed… 🙂
    My whole desk area smells like a French house of ill repute going to market, as they say…

  5. Your modem must be sending the smell out over the interwebs. 🙂

  6. One only need seek what one does not have already

  7. We analyze every jot and tittle of the 66 books to come up with precise doctrines and definitions of that which in the end is inexplicable save the love and mercy of God.<<<

    Amen X 1000

  8. Wow and more wow. Great piece.

    If you don’t already have an essential oil kit, let me know and I will send you one with oils. Smells nicer and is much healthier than fabreze.

  9. Rick,

    Thank you, my friend…I now need something to get rid of the smell of the stuff i used to get rid of the smells… 🙂

  10. I’ve personally been a part of two different types of churches.

    I spent over 10 years in a church where if you visited one of the several Sunday school classes or small groups, you could find anything from a Bible book teaching, to Beth Moore, to a charismatic book, to something from John MacArthur, to something on Wesley. There was so much different and conflicting teaching (if you actually paid attention), that I didn’t feel as though the church actually had a unified confession about what it believed apart from the Apostles Creed. It brought me no rest, no comfort, no confidence that I was honoring God with my time and worship.

    Now I’m in a simple church where everyone confesses the same thing, devoted to God’s Word, and not chasing after the current new thing. Now I feel comfort, rest and confidence in my faith and a great unity with my fellow parishioners. I know that when I walk in to church every week, I will receive no surprises, no innovations, no new visions, and I will receive shelter from the storms that pervade our culture. I highly recommend it.

  11. “When I said help me, help me
    Help me, help me
    Ohhh
    Thank you
    For listening to my prayer”
    ~ Paul Simon

    😉

  12. Michael, email me your address and I will have it shipped today

  13. “Inexplicable mercy is a call to worship, not explanation…”

    YES!!!!

  14. “I know that when I walk in to church every week, I will receive no surprises, no innovations, no new visions, and I will receive shelter from the storms that pervade our culture. I highly recommend it.”

    Jean, that sounds truly refreshing…unlike wet cat food or Febreze.

  15. “We suck every last bit of the joy and wonder out of our salvation and the work of God on our behalf, which is truly inexplicable behavior.” Guilty as charged. Thankful that His kindness leads me to repentance.

  16. CK,

    We’re all guilty at some juncture…and thank God, we can all repent of it. 🙂

  17. the reduction of everything to ‘understanding’ renders mystery and faith to mere sight and agreement.

  18. filbertz,

    Amen and amen…

  19. reading the comments and adding my amen, if i may…
    now i’m pondering the extent to which understanding can cancel faith… i am in agreement with filbertz’ #17… but we are told to get wisdom and understanding, so…

  20. I think God wanted you writing today, Michael. 🙂

    Still should probably get a new modem. It’s just a matter of time.

  21. Descended,

    I’ll do that when there’s room in the budget.
    Right now there’s not even a need for a budget, let alone any room in one…
    God will keep it going just like He got it running this morning…until I can replace it.

  22. I feel ya, God bless.

  23. Amen! That’s where I’m at.

    Good stuff.

  24. Michael, not trying to usurp the authority and power of our God, but should the modem go out, email me with your choice of a replacement and i’ll find room for it in my budget – stat

    i don’t think we realize how many there are right now in the family of God with “no need for a budget”

  25. Em,

    Thank you for your kindness…it’s still running like a top. 🙂

  26. well, i don’t know what makes a modem go, but either you’ve proved that there are no acids or electrolytes in Febreeze or we’re looking at the hand of God upon your work here

    let’s go with the latter and praise God (with some fear and trembling, perhaps?)

  27. John 20:29,

    I think it’s the hand of God…and I need to believe that now. -)

  28. God works in consumer electronics!

  29. Maybe the stuff acts like an insulating varnish, helping all those circuits connect without shorting out each other, all while a sweet aroma reaching up to heaven is produced.
    Job well done!

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