Intimacy with God, to know God deeper, and to comprehend a relationship with the creator of the universe. These all seem like quaint Christian cliche's wrapped in a soft taco shell for our fast-food faith generation.
I envy my wife as her personal faith does not let her mind be troubled by the above issues while my mind... tends to get bogged down with questions (some good) and over analysis? More accurately my mind becomes a BOG.
How does a 50 something old white guy in frozen Minnesota get to have a personal relationship with God when I live a life not likely to meet the president or even become buddies with my pastor?
I think the problem is on my part as I believe God the creator of the universe with all it's order and rules desires a personal relationship with his creation. I believe the great architect of all this complex world and vast universe(s) is also the intimate God for each one of us.
So, Jesus in my heart is NOT another cute Christian cliche but rather a deep amazing truth. Our God who exists outside the confines of times and space is SO BIG he creates and orchestrates the world we live in but SO SMALL he desires a personal relationship with each one of us.
So this all brings me full circle in my thoughts. If our God is a personal God then how come he feels more unreachable than if I added the president of the United States to my speed dial?
For me I find OFTEN the problem is the amount of time (or lack of time) I spend in prayer and devotions with God... and in his word.
Today I found myself in one of those dry moments feeling very small and sad.. so I prayed for God to clear my mind and forgive my heart of doubts. I prayed in this moments of distant feelings that he would help me. Good news I believe is He was not surprised by my sadness, and I believe He will bless my desire to become an ever growing man of God.
May God bless each of you along your journeys. Through good times and bad, times of health and sickness, and all the remaining myriad of circumstances I pray God is your answer and in all things you grow to be the men and women of God he desires and BLESSED and USED by God in ways that can only be described as.. BEYOND YOUR DREAMS.
The mutterings on life and faith by cartoonist Jeff Larson