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For You are great and do wondrous deeds; You alone are God.
When I was a child, God was there, a sort of background music that I was aware of from time to time. Accepted, not closely questioned, just a part of life. It wasn’t until I was in high school, and then later in college, that the hard questions came; and then He exploded into my consciousness and my life.
As the years pass, I’ve noticed a sort of spiritual Benjamin Button phenomenon: I’m getting smaller in my own eyes, but my God is getting bigger.
His will for my life used to be so narrow; you had to be careful not to miss it, for if you were off by just a little, the gap would grow wider and wider between you and God’s will for you, and you’d miss it entirely.
Or so I was told.
God expects you to act this way or that, to befriend only these kinds of people, to dress like this, to believe like that, to live this way.
So some would have us believe.
And some of those things are good, and right, and true. But not all of them, and not all the time. And it’s an exhausting way to live–because the onus is on the believer, who must do right, think right, be right all the time.
Now, however, I see that in Christ life broadens out to a series of affirmatives, a stone tossed into a pond–a paint-filled brush dipped in water?–the circles of blessing and connection widening.
In place of the no, there is a yes: Yes, we accept these people and love them as friends. Yes, we question, we explore, we continually seek. Yes, we admit that we don’t have all the answers, because that is how we continue to grow.
It used to be that the Bible was the Answer Book; now, it is the Book that leads me to ask better questions, and to find truer answers. May it be that for you as well.