Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Results vs. Process

I remember growing up and asking my dad a lot of question about life. I came expecting a short simple answer and instead I would get a story and 20 minute explanation. Every time my mind would shout “I didn’t ask for an explanation I just asked for the answer!”, I spend a lot of time approaching God the same way. Wanting answers, wanting a quick fix, wanting results. As if God were a microwave where you pop in a frozen prayer and 20 seconds later out pops a hot and toasty answer. I think God enjoys and moves most in the process. We live in a world where if you want an answer you can Google it and in a matter of seconds can figure out anything random thing you want. Like who invented the elevator or what year Jon Bon Jovi was born (March 2, 1969…yep I just googled it) Simple things like that can be found out in minutes where as questions like “What am I supposed to do with my life?” or “Why did I have this miscarriage?” are questions we ask and most of the time don’t get an answer back in seconds. Sometimes it’s years sometimes it’s never. This generation has been raised without want, we have been handed freedoms that we know nothing about the cost of because we haven’t had to pay for them. Some come to the Lord because we can get something, a ticket out of hell or a peace of mind for a string of bad choices. I love spending time with senior citizens who have walked with God for over years and years and know what it means to wait on the Lord or to be still and know that He is God. We are in a long distance run not a sprint in this life. The problem is we have bought into and taught the false idea of a quick fix Jesus that can answer all our questions and fix all our problems when we want Him to. The truth is He is not a magic pill. True Intimate relationships develops over time. My friend that has been married for over thirty years told me he is more in love with his wife today then he was thirty years ago when he met her. It’s because time is what makes relationships grow deeper. Years of ups and downs. Years of good times and bad times. The beautiful thing about Love is that it’s a choice to keep going when things aren’t easy. Our earthly relationships are a reflection and a tool to understand the relationship God wants so badly to have with us. He’s not looking for a one night stand, but a beautiful marriage. He is a patient pursuer and one that can be seen most beautifully in the process where He is not only encouraging us to keep moving but giving us the strength in our bones to go on. He is the only source of true life and in times of confusion or hurt or bitterness or weakness is when we need not to run from Him but to stay, wait and lean into Him for answers.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Young @ Heart

I haven't seen this movie yet, but it is on the top of my list. There has always been a special place in my heart for the elderly, but you mix rock and roll with the elderly and my heart literally may beat out of my chest!

watch the trailer...and then watch the movie....then buy me a kit kat....