Nothing awakens my soul quite like the sound of rolling thunder.
I have intensely loved it, along with the flashing lightning of a brewing storm, for as long as I can remember. Ironically, the more chaotic the weather, the more calm my spirit, and it’s impossible for me to hear that guttural growl, to watch electricity charge through the air like a chariot, and not see God.
So it’s no surprise that as I sit on my back patio this morning on the coast of Florida, listening to the rumbling thunder of Hurricane Matthew rolling in and watching lightning flash against a sky turning black, I feel close enough to touch Him. Close enough to breathe in His awesome presence surrounding me. And close enough to ask Him a question that’s been lingering on my heart for weeks now…
Why am I here, Abba?
I tend to walk through life much like Alice walks through Wonderland, with a heavy sense that things are upside down and searching for ways to flip them right-side-up again. The deeper that I venture into my faith as a Christ-follower, the more that I realize I’m not alone in this, and that it’s an admirable task, to be sure. But is it my job?
God is God is God. And He’s a good God…One who is both supremely good in nature and One who is really, really good at what He does. All He asks of me is a simple choice: To surrender my life to Him. To seek His purpose for it instead of my own. To obey His greatest command to love when it’s hardest, forgive when it’s undeserved, and extend grace when it’s unexpected. To jump down into the trenches with a bruised and broken world and introduce it to the One who wants to save it, the same way He saved a wretch like me.
What would happen if we quit listening to the lies, quit knowing God for who He’s not, and began to fully understand, once and for all, just how much He loves us?
I’ll give you a hint: It’s more than His own life.
My job isn’t easy, but it is simple. My job…No, my privilege…Is to share my Father God and who He is to me with everyone who will listen. It’s His job to take care of everything else.
So here I am, Lord. Send me.
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