Recently I’ve started re-watching The Fresh Prince of Bel Air – hands down the funniest thing on television at the moment. And credit to the makers who were ahead of their time in using the show to educate on Black History with humour and sensitivity!
If you’ve seen it you’ll know that Geoffrey is the butler who responds to every wish and command of the family. He is always there. On time and on call – without delay! I wonder how many times I’ve demanded God be like Geoffrey. I want Him on my terms, on my command, on my request and at my timing.
But God isn’t like Geoffrey – because whilst Geoffrey has his uses, he’s not involved in the family. Geoffrey can only do what He’s told to do, when he’s told to do it. God is better than Geoffrey. He’s a Father who wants to relate to us, to lead us, to love us, to champion us to be all that He has called us to be.
Maybe it’s time to stop treating God like a really useful Geoffrey, and start relating to God like we would a friend or a parent or a sibling or a spouse – as someone who is welcome in our hearts and our lives, part of the family.
God ain’t no Geoffrey. If He delays, it’s because He’s got it. If He seems silent, it’s because He’s already at work behind the scenes.