I quit my job last week. I still don’t have a job. We have no money (well, very little). I have only sent out one application for a job that I might not get.
This is a picture that I would not want to paint for anyone, and certainly did not want to paint for myself.
Everything is wrong except the part where I tell God that I’ll obey Him. Now it has taken me a while to obey Him, but I did it in the end.
I tried to work up an emotional frenzy to decide to obey. I became angry and bitter, largely because I wanted an easier path to obedience. I wanted assurances that obedience wouldn’t cost me more than I could afford, or that there would be a payoff I could see before I chose to obey.
Yeah, faith in God doesn’t work that way.
I knew the stories of the priests stepping into the raging Jordan River, the worshipers, not the soldiers, that lead the charge into battle, Ananias going to meet with the murderous Saul of Tarsus. But I really wanted an easier path, one with less risk involved.
In the middle of it, when I am experiencing the turmoil of fears and a peace that is beyond understanding, do I get to see God. Worship is different and has taken on new meaning, and that is good.
I don’t want my praise, my prayers to be lying platitudes to a God I don’t believe in.
I want to fly.