If I may ask you to read one blog in its entirety, it would be this one. I want to be up front about God from the start. It is my deepest desire that anyone will feel welcome to be a part of this community, and I want you to understand where I am coming from with this. I hope that as you read you will get a sense that I am not here to bible bash or judge you, but to help you simply explore (if you want to) some of life’s deeper questions.
There are 3 reasons I am choosing to include God in this blog…
1. He is real
That He exists is not a question to me. It takes more faith to believe we came from a big bang. I see evidence of Him everywhere in nature, I hear Him speaking to me and I watch, humbled as He intervenes in my life in ways I am not deserving of.
You may have memories of growing up attending church and God being some distant, authority in the sky who brings fire down on those he chooses to torment. Maybe you just feel passive toward Him. Perhaps you have tried prayer and had no return (is my prayer just bouncing off the roof back at me?), or worse, your life has been a wreck of brokenness and He never rescued you. I get it. These are some of life’s toughest thoughts to wrestle with. I challenge you to wrestle with them. He says if we seek him with all of our heart we will find him. I guess I just want you to know that my life would be empty without Him and I want to see other peoples lives filled with purpose and passion and abundant living just like mine is when I seek Him. I also want you to know that it’s ok to have reservations and feel unsure, I am not here to pressure anyone, just offering insights from my own journey and hoping they might be helpful to someone!
2. He can’t be put in a box
He is not a Catholic God, or a Anglican God, or a Jewish God. He is who He is- that is the great mystery of life! I am not interested in sharing with you a God who is nice and comfortable and acts like a vending machine. I love how CS Lewis pens this description of Aslan in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe:
This makes me reflect on the fact that I can define some of God’s traits, I can tell you of my experiences, but I can’t say life will be ‘safer’ if you follow Him. He is most certainly good, however.
I will admit that I do follow a specific set of beliefs and adhere to what I know to be truth (bible truth). However, I am not going to say that God can only be found by certain religious affiliations or groups. God is God. We are not. I believe he is much much bigger than the small boxes we put Him in and far be it for me to stop His work by standardising Him so he is easier or more comfortable for us.
3. He is worth exploring
Let’s go back to the beginning.
If we really did just evolve, and it’s about survival of the fittest…why is there always a niggling emptiness and deeper search for meaning and purpose?
I will not ever force God on you, and if you are really not sure about this part of the blog, that’s ok, there is still plenty here for you. But can I challenge you to at least consider that there may be more to life than simply surviving…that maybe we were created to THRIVE.
I’m happy you found me here. I’m praying that He will use this blog for his purpose. May you find a safe place here to explore really hard questions and sometimes not find the answers!
Tomorrow’s blog will conclude this series- hopefully a good exploration of the reasons this blog started! Join me then for Part 4…