Friday, August 17, 2012

experiencing God in our lives

I have been asked why I believe in God, and what my personal experience of God is like.  While it may be hard to understand for some, my experience of God is not limited to those things for which I have no other explanation: God is the explanation for all things, encompassing every part of my life - if only I had the eyes to see it.

Frederick Buechner puts it so beautifully that I must share it with you, though it is a longish passage:
The question is not whether the things that happen to you are chance things or God's things because, of course, they are both at once.  There is no chance thing through which God cannot speak -- even the walk from the house to the garage that you have walked ten thousand times before, even the moments when you cannot believe there is a God who speaks at all anywhere.  He speaks, I believe, and the words he speaks are incarnate in the flesh and blood of our selves and of our own footsore and sacred journeys.  We cannot live our lives constantly looking back, listening back, lest we be turned to pillars of longing and regret, but to live without listening at all is to live deaf to the fulness of the music. Sometimes we avoid listening for fear of what we may hear, sometimes for fear that we may hear nothing at all but the empty rattle of our own feet on the pavement.  But be not affeared, says Caliban, nor is he the only one to say it.  "Be not afraid," says another, "for lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world."  He says he is with us on our journeys.  He says he has been with us since each of our journeys began.  Listen for him.  Listen to the sweet and bitter airs of your present and your past for the sound of him.  (from The Sacred Journey)
Poetic and wise.  Does it resonate with you, too?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

work and calling

You may have noticed that my posts have been few and far between lately.  Hopefully this will not last, but at the moment I am in the midst of a move and life is very full (good, but full).  So this evening I thought I'd share with you a snippet out of what I've been reading for you to ponder.

In  The Call, Os Guinness talkes about the importance of understanding (and reclaiming!) the meaning of calling:
"Beware of anything that competes with loyalty to Jesus Christ," [Oswald Chambers] wrote.  "The greatest competitor of devotion to Jesus is service for Him.... The one aim of the call of God is the satisfaction of God, not a call to do something for Him." 
Do we enjoy our work, love our work, virtually worship our work so that our devotion to Jesus is off-center?  Do we put our emphasis on service, or usefulness, or being productive in working for God - at his expense? [...] 
We are not primarily called to do something or go somewhere; we are called to Someone.
This is a good reminder to me.  Of course in some ways it puts me more out of control, but that is a good thing I think.  How do you think your view of "calling" affects your work?  Your relationship with God?