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State of the Podcast

 

It’s like a state of the union address I guess.

Who are we? Why are we here? How has it been going? What’s the plan for the future?

It’s all here.  I’ve been listening and searching and discerning and I lay it out here for you.

Listen in and let me know what you think!

I’m so glad y’all are here.  Thanks.  And to those of you who emailed or texted about the podcast encouraging you, Great BIG THANKS to you.  It meant more than you can possibly know.

You are the best. I’m grateful. Thanks for listening.

Amen.

Go ahead, surprise me…

Since I’m a blogger, I really want to write about everything.  I experience things and when they are powerful or meaningful in some way, I want to share them. But lately I’ve started wondering if God intends some things to just be for me.  If He frowns upon me running to my computer to upload photos of everything to Facebook and Instagram.  This came to a head for me when I was singing along with the worship band in church and tears were streaming down my face and I thought, “I should take a picture of the band and share it on Great Big Yes!”

Ummm. No.

Maybe that’s the challenge.  If something happened but it’s not posted, did it really happen?

How are our kids going to know when it’s right to just sit in something…to just receive it…be it love or affection or a compliment or a holy spirit moment…how will they know what is sacred? private? not appropriate to share?

I struggle with that.  I’m hoping that my words bring you closer to God.  I’m hoping to share His Word with you and the hope and peace and joy that comes from the radical love of Jesus.  Nobody needs more Sue.  The whole world needs more Jesus.  So, I want to be part of that.  Bringing some Jesus to you.  The Grace and Mercy that He brings.  Healing. Freedom.

When we found out we were moving, I called a Holy Yoga sister and I told her.  I was crying and talking fast and worrying and anticipating and trying to control.  She listened so kindly and then said something that changed me forever.  She said, “You know this is not a surprise to God, right?”

Silence.

He goes before me.

Omniscient. Omnipotent. Omnipresent.

Now I think of all things through that lens.  Nothing is a surprise to God.

When my daughter came home and said she is joining a Bible Study, it was a surprise to me but not to Him.

When my husband met people at work for the first time and they told him they have “been praying for him and his family” this was a surprise to my husband because people just don’t say stuff like that in Chicago…but God…He knew.  He heard those prayers and He planned for those words to fall on my husband’s surprised but grateful heart.

When I was standing in that church weeping with the worship music, arms raised and heart open…He was not surprised.

With every box unpacked, each rental place (there have been 2), buying a home, selling a home, meeting new people, new schools, figuring it all out…through every single moment, He is not surprised.  He is present and aware. He goes before me and makes a path for me.  He protects me and provides for me.

He can be trusted.

But He can’t be surprised.

I find immense comfort in this.  I hope you do too.

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” – Deuteronomy 31:8

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Take a Step

Sometimes it’s hard to say “yes”. 

Have you ever felt like you were stuck?  I have a friend who says he wishes he could believe in God but he’s just not “feeling it”.  He says he needs a sign. 

I have another friend who is considering her faith in God and realizes she doesn’t know what to believe.  There are things about faith and God and organized religion that don’t sit well with her. 

 Sometimes it’s easier to say “no”. 

 If you are in that place of being not sure if you believe, think of what you do believe.  Start with the positive.  Think of the “yes” things.  And then take a step to learn more.  It’s not like one day everything about God is going to be crystal clear and you are going to believe it wholeheartedly forever.  It’s a process.  There are times of challenge for even the most faithful among us.  Remember the controversy over Mother Theresa’s book when we found out that there were times she had doubts and fears?

I think what’s so frustrating is that we are trying to figure God out.  (As if we ever could.)   We are using human terms to try to understand an infinite God. 

We simply cannot do it. 

So, of course we are stuck.  Of course some things don’t sit well with us.  I have another friend who is just completely turned off by religion because of some things Christians have said to her over the years.  There have been times that has happened to me too.  A person says something that offends me and so I get mad at God.  Does that make sense? 

 What people say about God does not define God. 

 As Christians, we try to get it right when we talk about God and Jesus and Creation and Salvation and Forgiveness and Redemption and Reconciliation and Grace.  (That’s a tall order!) We try to “make disciples of nations” and often, we fail.  Sometimes, we offend.  I admit there are times when I’ve tried to comfort someone and my words have come off trite.  My friend says there is “nothing worse than false piety”.  But all of these things speak of human frailty and have nothing to do with God’s majesty. 

Haven’t you ever had a friend that you love and you hear someone else describe him and what they say is not at all what you think of that person?    I don’t like it when I’m about to meet someone new and another person starts to tell me all about the person I’m going to meet.  I would rather not know anything going in.  I’d like a clean slate.  I’ll make up my own mind about this person when I get to know her. 

It’s the same with God.  We have to know God personally and to do that we have to say “yes”.  We have to take a baby step that will lead to another baby step and then we will forge a path.  A path that is ours alone, a path that is new and unique and authentic…a path that feels right and even when it curves and bends, we adapt and stick with it because we can feel that we are  headed home. 

What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.
C. S. Lewis