Good Evening, God!
I took this photo a month or so ago at the Oahu Country Club. And I saw the vine again this week — still blooming — if less prolifically. I love it’s rich warm colors.
I’m feeling that You like it when we see and appreciate what’s around us — especially when we see and appreciate the people around us.
Such an appreciation happened the other day. Three of us were gathered for lunch but also for prayer. In my heart I felt that You were there, too — hearing us. And maybe even waiting to be heard?
This is the true essence of Life — that You, God, aka Creator of the Universe, desire to be in our midst and in our hearts. Wow!
So, God, why does it seem that the organized church is busy about other things? Oops! How is it that I am so busy about “other things?”
I think about the AA model: 1) Admit we are helpless over our faults and addictions. 2) Ask The Higher Power (aka, God) to help. 3) Turn our life and our will over to that Higher Power. 4) Make a searching moral inventory of our life. 5) Admit to that Higher Power, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. 6) Be entirely ready to have the Higher Power remove those defects of character. Wow!
That’s just the first six steps. BUT WHAT A BEGINNING! I know, God, that the AA model is just one model for connecting with You. You are always desiring to connect with us — always ready to rush out to meet us — taking 10 steps toward us for every one step we take toward You.
Ah, if only Your desire to Love and Help us was proclaimed from the rooftops!
May it be so!
I love how this is set up with “chatting” with God. I myself have felt like the organized church is about the wrong purpose lately. It can be so discouraging to see people more worried about numbers, people pleasing, and building church buildings. I know I am not immune. I tend to worry more about school, work, and deadlines than drawing closer to God every day. Thanks for the encouragement to refocus!