Blessing or Blather?
Okay. It’s time to post, but I don’t have time to post, so you get an excerpt from my private journal. This was two days ago when I was camping with my family at a beautiful American Baptist camp near Oshkosh. They had a camp speaker who was pretty amazing. Here goes:
One of my favorite thoughts about my own marriage (should that ever happen, good Lord) is that I would enjoy so much just doing things together with someone I love. I do love that—doing simple things together. Washing dishes. Painting walls. Reading the newspaper. Taking walks. The whole pleasure is not in what you’re doing, but who you’re with. I think that God is the same way. He doesn’t want to do things to us, but with us. Sure, a lot of times he does things to us—discipline, bless, direct, etc. But I think his favorite is doing things together.
Kris Vallotton, our conference speaker, has talked about that: bringing the kingdom of heaven to earth. “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” But first you have to know what God is doing, what he wants done, and how. To do things with God, instead of for God, you have to talk to him.
There’s a simple concept that we all have trouble with. I’m having trouble with it right now.