You think you know how to make God smile?

| May 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

PREPARATION

Remember the car trips of your childhood? “Are we there yet?

The car was barely out of the city limits when you asked, “Are we there yet?”

“No!”

It seemed like hours later, you asked, “Are we there yet?”

No!”

Once again you cried out from the back, “Are we there yet?”

“No, I’ll tell you when we’re there!”

Then, when you felt like you were going to drown in boredom, “Are we there yet?”

“No, and don’t ask me again!”

“Are we…THERE it is!

”Yes!”

Our relationship with God is a little like those trips in the car. No matter how hard we work at our spiritual journey, or how committed we are to study or prayer, we find ourselves crying out from deep within, “Are we there yet?”

God is more than an idea or another name for truth or law. He is not a reality we hope to know someday or the destination at the end of life on this planet. Our God is here, now, always present.

Every time we cry out, “Are we there yet?” the answer is “yes.”

The ancient Book describes the adventure of knowing God as timeless and eternal. “Don’t you know that the Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak. Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up. But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”

They will cry out, “Are we there yet?” And, along the way, God smiles and whispers, “yes.”

Are you weak and weary? “Yes!”

Do you still wonder about God? “Yes!”

Are you ready to give up? Yes!

Do you feel on-hold, waiting for God’s direction? “Yes!”

Are you flying high? “Yes!”

Are you humbled and broken? “Yes!”

Are you spinning out of control? “Yes!”

INSPIRATION

He was born in 1975 with Downs Syndrome, heart problems, and extended health concerns; the doctors didn’t give Chris much chance at a quality life, but God did. Together God and Chris were about to teach some really big life-lessons. When Chris was born God smiled and said, “yes.”

As Chris grew into boyhood his parents refused to protect and isolate him. He grew up in a world of special needs children, but he didn’t know it. He won more than his share of gold medals in the special Olympics and he loved sports, not because he was the fastest, or the strongest, or the player with the best arm. He loved sports because it was fun. And God smiled.

He loved to laugh and to pull pranks on his friends. One day in Bible class he asked the teacher if they could pray for a friend of his who had just died. The teacher asked the name of the friend and Chris said, “Bobby… Bobby Ewing.” That Sunday morning the teacher prayed for Chris’s TV friend Bobby (JR’s brother) and his family, while the kids snickered and God listened and smiled and said “yes.”

He loved music; he knew the words to hundreds of songs, but he only had one note, so he sang it. One day his mother and he were discussing what songs they would like sung at their funerals. Later Chris wrote down a few, among his list was Victory in Jesus, Amazing Grace, and Take me out to the ballgame. And God smiled.

When Chris loved you, it was unconditional; he didn’t know how to put limits on his love. He loved you all out. He trusted without suspicion or apprehension; nothing was complicated for him. Oh, and with Chris you didn’t have to go to a fun place or do fun things; he knew how to have fun on the way. God used Chris to show us what love is. And, God shouted, “YES!”

Chris lived well beyond his expected years and he lived large. He died a few years ago on a Sunday morning, in church. He died singing his one note. He didn’t have to ask God, “Are we there yet?” He always was!

Chris showed us how to live, how to enjoy life, present tense, and how to believe beyond our limitations.

I think, truth be known, we are the ones with special needs and God used Chris to help us accept it. Just being with him helped us live in the moment, without pretense or posturing. In him, God showed us theology in action. God smiled and showed us how to love, how to enjoy the journey, and how to trust.

We are still learning, “Are we there yet?” And, God smiles and says, “Yes!”

MOTIVATION

It’s a “Yes!”

Every step, yes, every step of the journey, God is there. He is not found at the end of the journey; he is found now, all along the way. Knowing God is not a goal to achieve; it is an experience to enjoy. For me every step of life is a potential “Yes!” from the throne of God.

That doesn’t mean I understand or have a deep spiritual awareness of God’s presence at every given moment. It means I choose to live life believing that I’m connected to the God of the universe, even when I don’t feel like it or understand it.

So what’s your story? God’s in it, smiling, and whispering, “yes!”

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