Was too preoccupied during the week to stay with the conversation as it unfolded. But I’ve had a chance this morning to catch up and appreciate the way you’ve interacted with one another. Am guessing that others who came and checked in without posting found something helpful (as i have) in the thoughtful ways you’ve compared notes.
Would like to keep the conversation going on what it takes to experience— for ourselves— the trustworthiness of the God of the Bible. I’m working through the process again myself, and am not sure that there is one right answer, but let me see if I can give a sense of what I’m wondering:
Whenever we talk about what it takes to experience God’s presence in the problems of relationships, and in the common troubles of life, we are inclined to be somewhere between two seemingly polar opposites. On one hand there is the thought of “letting go to let God” show up. On the other, there is a sense of “duty to do” what God urges us “to be”— knowing that it is God who enables all good things to happen in us.
So here’s what I’m wondering. Have you found—as I think I have—that what I’ve described above as “polar opposites” somehow end up being at the very center of our life in Christ? In other words, sometimes it seems so clear that it’s only with a sense of “giving up”– that I experience the ability to “keep going”… with the resulting sense that it really isn’t just about us– but about the God of Christ… in us… giving us the grace of self-control, endurance, and deepening our trust in the God who loves us.
Pictures of a television camera person and players in a Philadelphia snowstorm.