You can tell a lot about a person by looking at their fridge. How empty or full it is might tell you something about the owner’s financial situation. You might discover health food, junk food, or baby food. The inside might be sparkly clean or ketchup-stained. The outside of the fridge can also reveal details about the owner. Commercial magnets might tell you where a person shops. The photographs will paint a picture of a person’s significant relationships. The schedules, notes, and memos will indicate a person’s interests and values.
As the center of our kitchen—itself the central nervous system of our home—the fridge tells a lot about our family. On it, you’ll find artwork from the seven-year-old, class trip permission forms for the teenagers, basketball schedules, newspaper clippings, emergency phone numbers, pizza order magnets, pictures of grandparents and cousins, and a framed copy of our wedding text. Our fridge is a strange sort of electric shrub whose paper leaves rustle when we walk past. Like many families, we are constantly on the go, and our fridge reflects that busyness. We’re highly involved in our church, schools, and community. Sometimes our wedding text (Proverbs 3:5-6, which says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take”) finds itself buried under medicine prescription slips and camp pamphlets. Given the words of the wedding text, the fact it sometimes gets forgotten is, of course, ironic.
I wonder what God’s fridge would look like. Since he’s an active, living God in our world, you might imagine it to be full of memos and to-do lists. After all, he’s got prayer requests coming in from all over the globe. Yet I can’t imagine his fridge would have anything but our pictures on it. While we sometimes lose contact with the very people in the pictures on our refrigerators we claim to love because we’re so busy, God is never too busy to take interest in our lives. We know he’s crazy about you and me because the Bible tells us so. In Ephesians 3:18, what Paul says to the Ephesians can be said to us today: “And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.” God loves us. He loves us so much that even though our fridges are covered with all the distractions of this world and even though his picture might no longer appear on them, “God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8).
We can be sure that if God had a fridge, our pictures would be on them as evidence of his great love for us. Let’s rejoice in that image of his love today!
Are you on God’s fridge? Is God on your fridge?