I’m a self-proclaimed Myers-Briggs nerd. I love talking about my ‘type’ and learning about others’ types. I love explaining to friends what MBTI is, how to take the test, and how to apply its findings to their lives. It’s another way to understand how someone works so I can learn how to better communicate with them.
There are 4 categories and each category has two letters. For example, the first category is Extrovert (E) or Introvert(I). The second category tells whether someone prefers details, physical reality, and pragmatic or ‘the big picture’, the ability to interpret facts, and working with possibilities. A person is either Sensing (S) or Intuitive (N). If someone who is an S (i.e. detailed oriented) looks at a closet of clothes and then is asked to tell what they saw, their response would be very matter-of-fact. They would tell of the number of shirts, shoes, pants, colors, hangers, sweaters, how the closet was organized, etc. However, if you asked someone who is a high N (i.e. ‘the big picture) to describe the same closet, they would most likely talk about the style of clothes, the type of person who wears those clothes, etc. Same closet, different approaches.
Sometimes I think God is more of an N than an S. I think He worries about the seemingly unsolvable problems facing our world: AIDS, floods, terrorism, failing governments, and spreading light into the darkest nations. Sometimes I think my problems are too insignificant to ask for help because He has the whole world in His hands; and that world is falling apart…quickly. I think He wants me to tell Him about my day but I don’t often think about how detailed He wants me to be. It’s like I’m only giving Him what I think He can handle because I know His days are full of prayers that really need answering. And now that I’m writing this, I realize I do this with big things too.
However, in my sprinting, I’ve been reminded of God’s greatness AND His attention to detail. In one week I read about the creation of the world and the building of the tabernacle and all the laws given to Israel. The creation story demonstrates God’s N in a perfect way. He saw the empty expanse and thought of all the possibilities for it. And, He decided to create this world and us. In a week. That still blows me away! That same week I read all of Leviticus and Numbers. Anyone ever read Leviticus 25-30 in one sitting? And then the next day read half of Numbers? Lots.of.details. God lays out every inch of the tabernacle for Moses including how to decorate the garments of clothing, who should build what part of the tabernacle, and what materials should be used. God then gives, in great, repeated detail, all the laws for Israel. God tells which sins require which animal to sacrifice, how the priest should kill the animal, what is to be done with the blood. God gives exceptions to sacrifices, laws, and intentions.
I was reminded that God can do both: deal with the big problems but also be involved in the detail. It is not an either/or for Him. It is BOTH. A ‘yes, and’. Yes He provide shelter for refugees AND comfort my broken heart. I need to stop putting God in a box and, instead, just learn about Him.