Monday, November 19, 2012

"The world is perishing for lack of the knowledge of God and the Church is famishing for want of His Presence. . . According to teachings, we are in the Presence of God positionally but nothing is said about experiencing His Presence actually. . .What a broad world we could roam in, what a sea to swim in, this God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. . ."
~ The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer

 Like the storm of a few weeks ago, seeing this eagle sit there in the tree, larger than life, dwarfing the starlings, and full of majesty and dignity, I was reminded yet again, 

This life is not all there is. 
There is something bigger than me. 
This is not the end of the story. 
And I have barely plumbed the depths of what is and what is to come. 

Theology is rich but theology is not sufficient. I need relationship and intimacy. I crave the daily---no---the hourly, experience of His presence. 

I don't want to recite verses, I want to live verses. 

I don't want to argue the finer points of my beliefs I want to embody them to my children, my world, and even my own fragile, doubting heart. 

Words are just that. Words. It is life in action that holds meaning. Don't tell me what you know or what you think you know, show me with your life. Show me with your love. 

This, I too, want to live out. I want to be known by my love, not known by my words of opinion and held-to facts on that which I believe. 

It is not enough to know with my mind. My heart longs for the depth of experience with Him. For more than can be explained and rationalized but for that which goes beyond the grasp of human understanding and ripples with an impact for the here and for the forever and the hearts that are involved.

 You shall mount up on wings as eagles. Words and "ologies" aren't the wind lifting wings. Love is and the relationship with Him, borne of that love. 

Shouting from a tree, trying to convince and argue doesn't draw others. Not carefully crafted words of debate and theology. Soaring with the freedom and joy and love and passion that flows from living in God's love and His intended best for our lives, draws others.

Quiet dignity and grace draws others and as they come, we realize there are heights beyond the tree top in which we sit and we draw on the draft of His love beneath us and we fly. We fly into that which is bigger than us and only a sliver of Him, still to be revealed. 


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