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Which about the nature, design and intended purpose of a machine is more valuable – analysis and conclusions based on observation or explanation from the inventor, designer and creator?  Both are valuable, for each enhances the other. The impact of each without the other, however, is far from equal. 


The second without the first is most trustworthy but feels incomplete, for how could anyone fully admire and enjoy the result of the concept and work purely through hearsay or narrative?  The first without the second is much worse, giving rise to endless variety of partial evidences and wandering interpretation leading to meaningless and even hazardous decisions about the machine’s aspect and that of its origin. 


So there is an inherent hierarchy present:  the information from the designer is essential for comprehending, or at least apprehending the purpose of the machine; and observation and analysis, which, though subservient, enrich the understanding and experience of what is conveyed by the designer such that the original intent of the design, which initially unbeknownst to the observer always included their enjoyment, is progressively made complete.


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Sometimes, I pray then quickly doubt.  The doubt arises because either I don’t receive what I asked for within seconds, or I feel that God is ignoring me.  Why?

I suspect there may be a secret meaning to my prayer that I’ve cherished in my mind, and I’ve chosen that as a criterion for God to prove he is faithful.  You see, by the time I actually pray, I already have an image, a design of what I’d like the result to be, and that is what I expect the Lord to bring about.  Anything less might be interpreted as outright unanswered prayer, a “NO”, or God ignoring me and violating his own promise in 1 John 5:14-15.

Here’s the problem:  Praying in this way is like providing a sketch to an architect when you actually have detailed designs at home, and then complaining when his drawn plans don’t match your design.  Crazy!  God knows his plan, and he knows how he’s going to answer my request.  His work almost never turns out to align with what I was hoping for; it typically turns out better than I’d dared imagine.  So what is the missing ingredient?  Waiting.

“Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.” – Isaiah 64:4

Scripture taken from Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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