There are several great friends in my life. They are even part of the family! One of the gifts they continue to give me is the gift of openness and honesty. I can candidly express my views on an incredible range of subjects. It is extraordinarily healthy! As a result there is very little to no frustrations on my part (hopefully not on their side either). We can express our concerns, at times intensely. Fears, uncertainties, and doubts are acceptable points for discussion; even when there is no obvious answer.
It is ironic, given this level of openness, how I often do not extend it into other parts of my life. Somehow, the boundaries of protocol, political correctness, and childhood assumptions control my heart and mind. I can be candid, honest, and even blunt with Cherry but with a God who knows everything I find myself attempting to mask my views. I may not understand God’s actions, but I try to act as if I do. I may be angry at what is, or is not, going on, yet I behave as if everything is wonderful. I even mask my doubts and uncertainties with a fa?ade of confidence and defensiveness.
How can God have an honest conversation with me? Is there any chance for the Spirit’s actions to have a proper context? Am I doomed to sit in a world devoid of a true, active, engaged God?
God’s response is blunt and direct. “Quiet down, far-flung ocean islands. Listen! Sit down and rest, everyone. Recover your strength. Gather around me. Say what's on your heart. Together let's decide what's right.” (Isaiah 41.1) Let’s reason together. Let’s work together. Let’s walk along together, sharing the journey. Let’s make a difference.
Candidly, there are times God frustrates me. I have my doubts. I have plenty of fears. I don’t have all the answers. I also know God is working deep within my life and yours. God wants to have a conversation – open, honest, and truth filled. I’m seriously ready. There is no need to be frustrated with God.
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