“The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don't need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don't need you!’” 1 Corinthians 12:21
I get it. I finally understand this verse! I mean, I thought I understood it when it was first taught to me at the age of seven. But, oh, my! (Yes, I already exclaimed that!) There is so much more the Lord teaches us when we ask and seek Him. He doesn’t lie – we will find Him. (Matthew 7:7)
There is no possible way for us to fully understand one another. I’ve worked my entire life trying to understand people. I’ve worked my entire life trying to bridge gaps. My mother referred to me as her “little peacemaker.” I desire, I long for, I want people to get along! I want mutual respect to be commonplace so badly.
Especially among God’s children! I mean – if we can’t find unity despite differences, Congress has no hope <wink>.
This verse – oh, my! (Yes, I said it again, but I am so excited in God’s most recent revelation to me!) There is no way the head understands the foot! The foot is sounding warnings, “This hurts! Ouch!” Because the foot is doing the walking and facing the stickaburrs in the path. The hand is up there thinking, “Won’t you just be nice! Good grief! Let’s just all get along!” Because the hand is reaching out. The hand is touching and holding. The hand is greetings others.
The head is solving problems. Because the head sees ahead. No pun intended! The head is thinking and reasoning.
Then there is the eye. The eye is saying, “Look out! Watch out!” The eye sees, truly sees. The eye provides the vision. The head is the mastermind. The hand is the outreach. The foot is the leg work.
Oh, my! (Get used to it, ok?) We all serve different parts in Christ’s church. That’s nothing new, is it? We must learn to work together. That isn’t new either, is it? We must understand we will never truly understand one another. We must, however, learn to trust one another. Now, that’s a new concept. I think.
Do you trust me? I believe God brought me to the point of trusting you. Dear feet. Intelligent head. Compassionate hands. Beautiful eyes. I trust you.
Who knew that understanding we will never understand one another would be such great news! Oh, my!