November 14th, 2004


The conspiracy of good

I love it when a plan comes together.

—"Hannibal" Smith, The A-Team

Part of me, a strong part, has always enjoyed planning, scheming, pulling off a job or caper. Trust me, that often hasn't been altruistic. It's exciting now, however, to see God on the move on so many fronts, using His people in a conspiracy of good. We plot to make wonderful things happen, the good works He prepared in advance for us to do. We crouch low to surprise one another with grace, and we are all so unused to grace that we are overwhelmed.

"Con" means with; "spire" means to breathe. In the conspiracy of good, we breathe with Him.

I don't approach the consipiracy of good without fear, though. God works in ways that rattle me, yet there's no denying when His fingerprints are all over something. It's tempting to explain away the tension instead of learning to live with it. He does indeed work all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. But I often don't like the suffering that is so intrinsically a part of that love and purpose. I've made my peace with most of mine, most of the time. And while I admit there are certainly sufferings ahead I'd rather avoid, it's seeing others hurt that's harder to bear just now.

Abba, remind me of all I've so clearly seen, Your moving forward and invading a hostile world with a glorious Kingdom of mercy and justice and truth and love. I pray that this, too is part of Your conspiracy of good. I need it to be.
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