Honest Worship begins with complete surrender
God is not against preparation. This is something I learned more recently. It seems like a no brainer at first glance, until you enter the church where people have varying opinions. This is a lesson I learned through personal experiences, and the more I learn from God and not from people, the more I realize that He doesn’t work in the same way with every person. All of us have characteristics of God, and He placed pieces of himself all over the world. Perhaps God doesn’t desire to be understood. If we all learned in the same way and communicated with God in the same way, we would have Him all figured out at this point. In my life, God is not against preparation.
Let me explain why this is such an important fact of my life: I’ve been told that faith is enough to place me where God is ultimately leading me. I’ve been told that if I pray enough, seek God enough, and love people enough that God will shuffle me past the hardships into His calling for my life. I’ve been told that people struggle because of their lack of faith for the future, and that if I would just surrender my future and my desires to Him, He wouldn’t have to put me through so much pain. My question though is, what if God can ACTUALLY be trusted?
That’s where this journey begins. I’m on a journey of seeking, learning, and understanding truth. Pain is an inevitable foundation for growth. In my life this fact can not be argued. What if I told you that God is capable of teaching someone all things in less than a second? That He is strong enough to strengthen a whole body in an instant, in order to send one into the mountains? What if it’s true that He is capable of doing more than we could ever think or imagine?
Now, what if I told you that He desires a relationship more than a ministry, a relationship more than your future, and a relationship more than your comfort? Maybe He sees far beyond this lifetime. Have you ever thought maybe He truly can do all things, but that maybe His ways far outdo our understanding of good and evil? Maybe He knows everything, and we know only in part. Maybe He wants to lead His people rather than educate them.
Preparation is an invitation.
My journey with God began two years ago, and He has taught me that a journey has no destination. The journey of salvation isn’t a journey to heaven or a journey to the new earth. The journey of salvation is a journey with no destination at all. It’s been said several times by poets, scientists and journalists that every ending is a new beginning. God challenged me to think deeper. The word ending is defined: “An end or final part of something, especially a period of time, an activity, or a book or a movie.”
I guess that means there is such a thing as an ending, right? No, not in light of what I have learned. Nothing is final, especially a period of time. Every lesson we learn, every memory we make becomes the force of continuing forward. We are told in society to not live in our past, but we cannot deny the burning truth that we all live from our past. Time connects and continues.
The circle of life; the circle of time; the circle of creation; the circle of joints; the circle of trees; the circle of veins; the circle of LIFE. When initially read that may seem confusing, but if you think about it, it is rather fascinating and accurate. Our joints move in a circular motion; shaped as cylinders. Trees are made up of circles and cylinders. Blood runs through cylinder veins in circuital shapes.
The world tells us that in order to have a “new beginning” there has to be an ending. What we are calling an ending though is the moving forward. Nothing is ever truly left behind. All we know follows us. All we learn surrounds us, and all we understand develops us.
What about books or movies, or conversations? Obviously they come to an end, right? No, not in light of what I have learned. When a book is finished, thoughts follow. When we think, the mind expands. When the mind expands, actions are made. When actions are made, things change. When we close a book to the words “The End” it doesn’t mean anything has ended, but rather that more has been started. Everything is wrapped into everything. There is no partiality or destination to reach. There is only more to add in the ever expanding journey of eternity.
How does this relate to preparation?
It doesn’t. Both points were simply worth addressing. Perhaps you’ll find a way to tie the two together. Maybe you’ll finish reading this and you’ll continue the journey of journey’s.
Preparation is an invitation to partake in the circle of eternity