1.31.15 – The Weekly Walk – With us? hey everyone, hope the week was great.
we’ve been continuing our studies through Rob Bell’s Nooma videos. This week was titled Trees and it starts off with the question “How is it that our world can be filled with such beauty and such order and such good, and yet at the same time filled with such heartache and such pain?”
i’ve covered this question extensively in other blogs and in a lot of my song writing. the world is an incredibly beautiful place. but it can also be an incredibly lonely place filled with hurt & pain. in my songs “even if not” and “closer to you”, we examine this concept more. “i know my God will rescue me, but even if not, i will worship You tonight”. “are you really listening, are you really there, do you have the answers, do you really care?”. these are the questions that these two songs ask and question a lot of us ask every day. where is God in the beauty, where is God in the pain? the answer is that He’s there in both of those places and everything in between. He’s surrounding us every minute, every hour, every day, waiting for us to call out to Him more and more and more. but..what if it still doesn’t feel like He’s there…..
“God says, ‘You can live how you want, or you can live how I created you to live.’ It’s almost as if God says, “it’s your choice”. it’s still our choice. ask yourself the question, what does it mean to live the way God created you to live? God is in the every day, in the every minute. why does it seem like He’s not there, why does it seem like He doesn’t care. I find myself asking these questions often.
I live a very ordinary life, God exists on the pages that i read, but doesn’t usually exist in reality…..on most days. Then i start to think about my days, about the events over the course of the day. how one decision here made the difference there, how one prayer in the morning resulted in an answer weeks later. the point i’m making is that we need to be in it…..to be in it. we can’t expect God to show up when we’re not even asking Him to be part of our day.
Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and our strength, an ever present help in times of trouble” – and i’d like to add….an ever present help in times of “joy” “pain” “doubt”…insert your own feelings here…..
i challenged my band last week. we prayed that we would “partner” with God on a daily basis as we roll through our weeks. have we failed in that partnership, absolutely. have we forgotten to do it some days, absolutely. does God forgive us and want us to continue trying, absolutely.
Rob continues, “I need a God who’s now. I need a God who teaches me how to live now. I need a faith that’s about today, that helps me understand the world that I live in today.” Does our faith make our lives easier as we go through our days, or do you get more frustrated? i definitely get frustrated, i definitely sometimes wish that God would be sitting on my bed one morning when i wake up and say “good morning dave, let’s walk together today and i’ll show you how i work with you every day”. that would be cool…and scary at the same time. but. in reality, that’s what He’s doing, that’s where faith comes into play. God is waking up with us every morning. He’s there when we eat breakfast, lunch, He’s with us when we work at our jobs, when we cry about how our kids are screwing up, when we drive to the supermarket to get food to feed our families. He’s there. Think about that for a moment. Think about your days. When was God there. If you can’t think of a moment, think about when you asked Him to be there. This isn’t a one way conversation, those don’t work.
Prayers up for all of us that we would invite God into our days, into our moments.
Matthew 1:23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel which means “God With Us”.