Sometimes God whispers out-of-the-blue words to me. They seem odd at first, but usually end up making sense… that’s how I know it’s Him. This morning, I heard “calibrate.”
So I Google “calibration” to see if I can figure out what He is saying to me. (I absolutely love this sort of thing, by the way, which is why I think He sends me on these little fact-finding missions.) Here’s what Wikipedia has to say: Calibration is a comparison between two measurements—one of known magnitude or correctness and a second measurement made in as similar a way as possible.
It begins to come into focus. God is the first “known” measurement and I am the second “similar” measurement, made in His image. I read on: The device with the known correctness is called the standard. The second device is the unit under test (UUT). The process begins with the design of the UUT. The design is tested for its’ ability to hold a calibration by enduring environmental conditions over time. A UUT exhibiting these characteristics has a greater likelihood of resembling the standard.
Ah-ha! We are God’s designs, in process of being calibrated to our standard: Christ. “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.” (Heb. 12:2) We are put to the test, showing endurance over time as our faith grows. “Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work (result), that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”(James 1:2-4)
If God ever chooses to again whisper “calibrate,” I imagine I’ll do a little UUT system check. Just how closely am I lining up with my Standard today?