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Let It Be So

“I am trying to recover a respect for the life of the Spirit that is revealed in Jesus and the Scriptures in contrast to a life that is defined by consumption and achievement, competition and psychological profiling. I am trying to develop an imagination that is immersed in the operations of the Trinity so that I will not be constantly seduced into thinking that spirituality is a way of managing my own life and the lives of others, my life with me in charge with an occasional assist from the Spirit. I am trying to practice a way of language that is personal, particular, relational, a language of poetry and parable and metaphor, a language that welcomes mystery and counters the bullying, propagandizing, sloganeering, cliched and abstracted use of language that dominates our schools, our workplaces, our media, and, sadly, our churches.”

Eugene Peterson

My friend Ken sent this to me. It reflects a lot of our recent conversations and the aspirations that keep coming up in them. I feel far from this, but my heart yearns for it. This might sum up what I pray God is doing in me, my family, my church, and my community right now better than anything else I’m aware of. It feels like it will require a miracle, that I’m up against the Red Sea and helpless. It feels like only God can do this thing in my heart. –Sam

One Comment

  1. Excellent post Sam. I share your pain. I am reading a lot of Tozer these days and listening to men like Paul Washer (and I am told I should add Leonard Ravenhill to my list) who seem to have been able to cross that bridge or are very close to it. The ache and hunger only seems to grow and I find myself frustrated that a thing which should be so simple seems almost insurmountable. You are right well in saying, “It feels like it will require a miracle, that I’m up against the Red Sea and helpless. It feels like only God can do this thing in my heart.” I appreciate your honesty.

    I thought you might like this excerpt from Tozer’s, The Pursuit of God, on apprehending God:

    http://www.theboc.com/freestuff/awtozer/books/the_pursuit_of_god/aprehending_god.html

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