Fidgeting Image Bearers
It was only a matter of time, I know, before displeasure was expressed about the recent influx of fidget-spinners. So I wasn’t particularly surprised to see it pop up on social media feeds, the opinions of others who did not approve of people, well, fidgeting. “Be a real man and work,” one said. Oh, really? And who made this fellow the Purveyor and Overseer of All Real Men Everywhere? Why the intimation that anyone who uses a fidget spinner/toy is somehow only a bored or lazy schmuck? Seriously – why that label? Why the negativity? It reminded me of all the voices railing against the Pokémon Go game last year. And those who feel the need to complain prolifically online about how “terrible” Doctor Who is on Tumblr when all I’m looking for is fun GIFs of the Doctor and his friends. I quit watching the TV show Bones a while ago, ranted about it to a few people (sorry), but finally left it at that. Again, seriously – why should it bother me others like or still like something I myself do not enjoy?
We’re a funny lot, the human race, are we not? All wanting our autonomy and individuality when it comes to ourselves, but darn it – everyone else had better fall in line with, well, us. “See and think and act as I do, otherwise you are doing it wrong and are, therefore, dumb,” we often seem to be saying. Okay, okay – that is on the dramatic side of the scale. And sometimes there are things we do that do need to stop because they are not good things for us and/or those around us. But often we rail in such a fashion over the most innocuous of things, be they fidget spinner or TV shows or fashion choices.
And yet we are all image bearers of God. We were all fashioned – whether we believe it or not (in my way of looking things, at least) – by a big, marvelous, and multi-faceted God. It’s as true today as it was back in the Garden of Eden: “… Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature …” is how it’s put in The Message translation of Genesis 1:27.
… in God’s image – Father, Son, Holy Spirit … reflecting His nature, His image …
So why so many quibbles and hang-ups on our differences that are God-designed?
In a bit of an ungraceful segue, the word ‘fidget’ in its noun form means, in part, “the condition or an instance of being nervously restless, uneasy, or impatient”. Does that not describe every child of God? Are we not all on some level or another, impatient and restless for the day when we shall see and know the One who formed us as clearly as we are seen and known by Him?
How about you? What things are you thinking about or wrestling with? Feel free to share below or via Facebook or Twitter. :)