Our daughter came home from Sunday School with a “pink Jesus.”
All over, pink.
Head to toe, hovering above a cloud of cotton balls, He was 100% pink.
There was no brown beard, no red robe, and no purple sash. And he most certainly did NOT have white skin.
Jesus was completely covered in pink, and our girl was entirely proud.
“Mommy, Jesus is pink!!!”
And just as quick as you can say “pretty pink Jesus” three times, our son was revolting.
“Jesus isn’t pink! He’s got brown hair, and He’s a boy. He’s not pink!!!”
Semi shocked but mostly annoyed, Miss Sassy Pants retorted, “Yes He is! My Jesus is pink!”
To be honest, there was a part of me that wanted to see how this argument unraveled, but I thought better of it and simply said, “Jesus can embody all kinds of colors. So honestly, He can be pink, and he can be blue, and he can be dandelion-yellow.”
Our youngest looked satisfied; our eldest looked skeptical; and we all moved on with our day.
But as I thought about our girl’s “pink Jesus” and the argument over what color He is or should be, I kept coming back to one, nagging thought.
Jesus isn’t defined by our desires and certainly not “colored” by our expectations.
And though those words might be easy to peck onto the screen, the reality of that Truth can be hard to swallow, ESPECIALLY when we have a different plan, a different a path, a different timeline, and an all-together different idea of who we want Him to be and how we want Him to act.
I’ve been there this week–wanting him to look, act, and be “green,” but He’s been looking, acting, and being all “pink.”
Have you been there?
You want health, but you have cancer.
You want relationship, but you have singleness.
You want peace, but you have conflict.
You want security, but you have fear.
You want change, but you have monotony.
You want a child, but you have an empty womb.
You want a new job, but you’re left waiting.
You want a new home, but you have debt.
You want healing, but you have suffering.
You want answers, but you have questions.
You want progress, but you have a roadblock.
You want a foster care placement, but your paperwork is back-logged.
You want recognition, but you have criticism.
You want “blue.”
We want “purple.”
I want “orange.”
And yet the reality is…
His ways are not always ours.
As for God, His way is blameless… Psalm 18:30
O, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and untraceable His ways! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Romans 11:33-34
His plans are not always ours.
A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9
Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” John 13:7
His thoughts are not always ours.
Then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all their efforts to search it out, no one can discover its meaning. Even if the wise claim they know, they cannot really comprehend it. Ecclesiastes 8:17
For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 1 Corinthians 2:11
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9
And though it may boggle our minds, bust our plans, and blow up our expectations, God can be “pink” if He chooses to be “pink.”
So when He chooses that color we might not prefer and most certainly wouldn’t choose, may we trust that “His pinkness” is for our good and His glory…not a coloring mistake.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6