The internet went a buzz a couple of months ago when Gayle King attempted to conduct an interview while the respondent went berserk. She sat looking calm and as if she was thinking, “I wonder if I should have sushi or burgers tonight.” What was most impressive was her ability to remain centered and unresponsive to what was occurring both near and perhaps even to her. All kinds of memes appeared depicting Ms. King in a variety of situations just as unbothered as could be fathomed. This week while I was still getting over the fact about God getting me straight with a whisper (check last week’s blog) I wondered how often God is unbothered by our temper tantrums, questions, and inability or unwillingness to comply with His will. God has quite a bit of ignoring to do just for me, so I cannot imagine the magnitude of His “Kingish” behavior if you will, when considering the conglomerate of disappointments or curiosity that we collectively heap upon His throne or perhaps more realistically, our minds; because if we truly channeled our concerns as directed (see I Peter 5:7) God wouldn’t be unbothered, because we would be obedient.
In actuality, I don’t believe we bother God. As we create and follow a regimen of communication with the Creator through prayer, fasting, reading the Word of God, listening prayer, singing, sitting still, praising and worshipping, we come to know His voice and His character. He loves us and welcomes our relationship. But you know that when we get into relationship, we develop expectations, ones that sometimes, we haven’t even shared, particularly with the one by whom the expectation lies. So, when God doesn’t move in the way we desired or anticipated, we can get in what my friend would coin, “our little fe-fes,” hosting temper tantrums that resemble microaggressions toward the Father. We remind Him of what we’ve done, how we’ve conducted ourselves, how we’ve responded; and how others have hurt us or treated us. It’s as if these behaviors demand some sort of reward or recognition. Listen. Just as a parent, we are unmoved by our children’s antics, so is God! He is unbothered because He knows the plans He has for us, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God has the propensity to remain unbothered, because He has already, previously, before we were born, when we were in our mother’s womb, became bothered enough to bring us forth in the earth realm, with our lives already sealed in His master plan. God can be unbothered because He already became bothered enough with sin and the potentiality of its impact upon the imprint of our lives that He sent His only begotten son to die on the cross just for us! God can be unbothered because He knows how “it” will end because He has been orchestrating our path since the beginning of time. And if God is unbothered why should we spend one ounce of time operating counterintuitively to His perfect will for us?!
I must remind myself that despite what I see is happening or not happening, God has not forgotten about me! He has kept me in every imaginable and even less than ideal conditions. I am at the forefront of His frontal lobe even when He is last on my mind. Here He stands, arms open wide, unbothered by the fact that I am bothered by how He is or is not moving according to my ill informed and limited scope in my life. We must remind and affirm our thinking of the fact that God does not and will not act like us. He is sovereign, and as such, His movement will be enacted as He deems appropriate. He has the full script and will direct it as He sees fit. May we consider a paradigm shift that our sensing of Him being unbothered should indicate to us that He is more than qualified and tuned in to what is happening? The saying goes, “the teacher is always quiet during the test.” The King can be unbothered because the work has already been constructed. All we have to do is follow the leader.