Tag Archives: God

Wander

I have been told I have “thought islands”.  My mind wanders.

When it comes to faith, my mind wanders too.  Sometimes it wanders to The Bible and books and blogs.  Sometimes to conversations I have with people about faith.  Sometimes to examples of people I know who have shown great faith in their lives.  Sometimes it wanders to the why? the who? the when? the what the heck? –  to all the questions.  Sometimes it settles on the truth and the promise.

Sometimes I wander into the Catholic church, sometimes I wander into the Evangelical church.  Sometimes I pray alone, sometimes I pray with my family or in my community.

Sometimes I choose a long walk over going to church.  Sometimes I meet God in Bible study and other days I decide to meet him in yoga.  Sometimes I’m in the mood for meditation and sometimes for raucous conversation.

I’ve been known to meet God on a beach with a beer.  I also like to meet him in the mountains in the silence.

I’ve found Him in neighbors offering help, offering food, offering understanding.  I’ve met Him in tragedy.  I’ve found Him in the forgiveness of friends.  I’ve found Him in the quiet acceptance of others.  I’ve met Him in the smiles and tears of my children.

I’ve encountered Him on vacation and then, as always, I have been greeted by Him on my safe arrival home.

He was there in my youth and my teens and my college years and my 20’s.  I wandered.  But was I lost?

I heard a preacher speak about the Prodigal Son again today on the radio.  He talked about the son who stayed home, who was mad when the prodigal son was welcomed home with embraces and kisses and a party.  He was jealous.  The preacher said something profound.  It really hit me.  He said, “The older brother was just as lost as the prodigal son.  He was just lost at home.”

Sometimes we are lost at home.  We are lost in our minds and we can’t get out.  Sometimes we are lost in our habits and our “need to be right” and our learned limitations.  Just because we are home, doing as we are told, following all the rules does not mean that we are on the right path.

Sometimes we need to wander.

©2012 Sue Bidstrup, Great Big Yes™ All Rights Reserved

Pinterest…are you interested?

I’m so excited!  I have discovered Pinterest! 

There is a red button on the right hand side of the blog if you want to check it out and follow me on Pinterest.  I suggest blocking off some time…I suggest HOURS…it’s that exciting!  Go ahead and take a sneak peek, it’s so much fun! 

Here’s an image I found:

And another:

You make bulletin boards with all the things you love on them.  You can have one for books, one for decorating, one for inspirational quotes, one for fashion, etc.  It’s creative! It’s fun!  It’s all your favorite things in one place.  I’m thinking it will help save me money on all those decorating magazines and books of quotes. 

I was thinking about this new “time waster” and wondering if God would approve.  You know the game, “What do you think God would think of this?” 

If God didn’t want Pinterest, (Facebook, Twitter) why would He give us all these creative geniuses that come up with these things!?  Plus, it helps me to dream, it’s inspiring!

Everything we have can be used for good.  TV can be good or it can be really bad!  Video games like Nintendo DS can be good.  Okay this one’s a stretch, give me a minute …Oh, I know! They can be good for the times when they occupy the kids so the mom doesn’t go ABSOLUTELY INSANE like in the waiting room or on long car rides.   However, not so good if your son is holed up with the DS all weekend.   Wii can be fun if you use it with friends or for Wii Fit or at least set a time limit.  Oh and it’s great that you can use it for Netflix too.  Netflix is of course, to be used sparingly.  This is fun, let’s continue.  Wine can be good…at weddings, fancy dinners, girl’s weekends, 5 o’clock on a Friday…but we all know it can also be bad when you drink too much of it.  Magazines can be lovely and informative or they can be Star or Us Weekly.  We could continue with everything in our lives including the Internet, chocolate, medicine, dieting, working, the list goes on.  You get the point.

Everything in moderation.

So, today I’m asking, how do I want to spend my time?  I mean, how do I want to spend the last couple hours of the day?  Have I had enough Pinterest for one night? 

And then I see this: 

So, that’s my prayer tonight.  “God, be my guide.  Even when (especially when?) I’m engaged in leisurely pursuits.  Help me to make good choices.  Choices that are pleasing to you and life affirming.  Help me to encourage others and always use my words to bring hope and peace and justice.  Help me to channel this creative energy that I have into positive things.  Please help us all (and our kids!) as we navigate this world of Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest and blogs and google.  We have no idea what else is in store for us.  Help us to be good stewards.  Thank you for the computer in the first place and for the time to actually engage in leisurely pursuits which we know is a luxury.  We are grateful.  Amen.”      P.S. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for creating the people who created Pinterest!

©2012 Sue Bidstrup, Great Big Yes™ All Rights Reserved

The Summons

We are all searching for truth. 

Here’s a question for you.  When you find truth, will you have the courage to follow where it leads you? 

When you know something for sure…when every fiber of your being is certain of something…when you really understand…when you find answers that satisfy you…what will you do then?

What if you find truth somewhere new?  What if the truth you find has nothing to do with what you were taught when you were a child?  What if your eyes and heart are opened in ways that you could have never imagined?  What if you are inspired by people and places that are in disagreement with what you previously thought? 

I heard someone say that we all long to know God.  This is the one thing all human beings have in common.  We all want to know God.  It is the thing we want most and it is the thing we fear most. 

If I know God, if I really know Him and let Him into my life, will He ask me to do something? 

Will we be like the fishermen? 

Mark 1:16 – 1:20 As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea–for they were fishermen.  And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.  And immediately they left their nets and followed him.  As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

This is our hope and this is our fear. 

We cry “Know me God” but we are afraid to reveal the darkest corners of our hearts. 

We offer “Use me God” but we are only available to a certain point.  We have families and jobs and bills to pay and commitments.  We think “I can’t do that!” or “Who, me?” or “Not now!” or “But that will offend my parents/friends/siblings (fill in the blank)”. 

God is in a box.  He is safely ensconced on Sunday morning in the church.  We speak of Him but we don’t speak to Him.  He is benign like an old relative or a treasured old teacher.  We respect Him.  Sometimes we remember Him.  We think of Him fondly. 

Well, God does not have us in a box.  He has a plan and a purpose for us and it is bigger than anything we could ever imagine.  He wants to know us too and He wants to use us.  He wants to change us so we can change the world. 

We are told in the Bible “Do not be afraid” 365 times.  One time for every day of the year!  I take this as a reminder that God wants to banish our fear.  He’s asking us to “fear not” – every single day!

We sang the song, The Summons,  in church today and it reminded me of the challenge we all face.  What we want most we fear most. 

All of us are absolutely being summoned by God.   What’s your answer? 

©2012 Sue Bidstrup, Great Big Yes™ All Rights Reserved

 

The Summons

Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown? Will you let my name be known?
Will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?
 
Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?
 
Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name?
Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same?
Will you kiss the leper clean and do such as this unseen,
And admit to what I mean in you and you in me?
 
Will you love the “you” you hide if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you’ve found to reshape the world around,
Through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?
 
Lord your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
In Your company I’ll go where Your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.