Wednesday, August 16, 2006

We're back!

Wow, it's been over 2 weeks! California was wonderful, and wonderfully complex. We got to do a lot of fun things and think about a lot of fun stuff. Made us ask a lot of questions about what's coming up around the corner (and by that I mean the next few years). Here's something by a smart man named Oswald Chambers that represents how I need to be thinking about all this.... hope it's inspiring to you as well...

"Our natural inclination is to be so precise, trying always to forecast accurately what will happen next, that we look upon uncertainty as a bad thing... The nature of the spiritual life is that we are certain in our uncertainty... Certainty is the mark of the commonsense life... gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life. To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, not knowing what tomorrow may bring. This is generally expressed with a sigh of sadness, but it should be an expression of breathless expectation. We are uncertain of the next step, but we are certain of God. As soon as we abandon ourselves to God and do the task He has placed closest to us, He begins to fill our lives with surprises. Jesus said, '...unless you... becomes as little children...' (Matthew 18:3). The spiritual life is the life of a child. We are not uncertain of God, just uncertain of what He is going to do next. If our certainty is only in our beliefs, we develop a sense of self-righteousness, become overly critical, and are limited by the view that our beliefs are complete and settled. But when we have the right relationship with God, life is full of spontaneous, joyful uncertainty & expectancy. Jesus said, '...believe in Me' (John 14:1), not, 'Believe certain things about Me.' Leave everything to Him & it will be gloriously & graciously uncertain how He will come in, but you can be certain that He will come...."

1 comment:

Daddy said...

Ali, I'm reading an Oswald Chambers book right now, "If you will ask". It's about prayer and it's very good.
I will talk with you about this posting, it requires discussion rather than responding via blog messages.
Love, Daddy