Interesting (adj) – “arousing curiosity or interest; holding or catching the attention”
Life can be interesting. My friends that know me well, know that when I use the word “interesting”, it is because I cannot necessarily think of another word to describe it…and sometimes it suits what I am trying to describe just perfectly.
My youngest son lives life to the fullest, there is no easy going with him. He is also very interesting. His “interesting” life causes much fun, chaos, and memorable moments within our home, family life and all the he is involved with. He is audacious, cheeky and, ohhh… so full of life.
My weeks lately are… well…interesting. Especially this week. At the moment I am typing this as I sit beside my younger son as he lies in hospital after an operation. The previous morning I knew something wasn’t right, and we soon had evidence proved this to be true. It was then a rushed trip to the nearest large hospital last night late (a two-and-a-half-hour drive) to speak to the surgeons. It was then necessary to operate as soon as they were able today to save his finger.
At the moment he lies quietly, something that you rarely get to witness. He will awake soon from the effects of the anaesthetic. It is most likely that he will be hungry first and then asking questions next. Very soon, he will be wriggling around and complaining that he is bored and asking when he can go home. Then he will be ready for the next misadventure that comes his way. And most mums of 13-year-old boys would know that is not always….um…safe.
I would have it no other way. I would never want him to be anything that he is supposed to be. He reminds me of his biblical namesake – Joshua.
Joshua, in the bible, was a man that from his youth was Moses assistant (Numbers 11:28). After Moses left the tent after meeting God face to face, Joshua would remain behind (Ex 33:11) He wasn’t afraid to stand up in faith despite the fact that the whole community wanted to stone him. (Numbers 14) Joshua, after Moses’ death, lead the people of God into the Promised Land.
Now that is an interesting man.
I want to be an interesting person. I want to be the type of person that people find it hard to describe me. I want my life to reflect God, to be faithful and to be interesting.
This world does not comprehend faithful people of God, and I am not talking about radical legalists. I am talking about genuine loving, humble, faithful, bold and courageous people of God. Peter in his letter to Christians in around 60AD, wrote these words –
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1Peter 2:9 NIV
Yes, we are meant to be interesting people.
Not only do I want to be interesting, but I want others to be so too. Not just my children, but the ladies in my bible study, the women in my church, other Christian women, and all Christian everywhere.
I want Christians be the type of people that when others try to describe you and your faith, they say – “I don’t know about that person, but they are interesting. I want to be interesting too. Tell me about your interesting God”
Be interesting people. Ask God what that is and what that look s like. Ask Him to make you interesting, like Joshua of the bible. Read the bible, His word. It keeps your heart and mind connected to our very interesting God and Saviour.