Sunday, July 29, 2012

::a G-d thing

Tonight I found myself in a Bible study wherein the leader (Read: my dad) mentioned the term "God thing" in, something positive happens to you and you say "That was such a God thing!"

I don't use that term.
And I don't just find it annoying. 
I find it offensive. 

I may have gotten a little "worked up" about my opinion, which is unusual for me, so I need to process.

Someone brought up, "I think God prefers that we think of Him more often than not. I don't think it offends Him."
But I never said it offended Him.
I'm saying it offends me.
My sensibilities are far more irritable and high-maintenance than God's.
I have the unfortunate plight of being surprised  by things like awful Christian-culture phrases.
And maybe God does love it when we "think of Him"...but doesn't it matter what we're thinking of Him, and why?

It's one thing to just be annoyed by the cheesy phrase (which I am), but I know it goes deeper than that.

To say that something is "a God thing" sounds terribly vague.
Is it characterized as such because it reminds you to give credit where credit is ultimately due?
Is it something that reminds you that God loves you, even in the tiny details you might deem unimportant to Him?

Ultimately, I think using such a term gives God way too little credit for being who He is.
Every gift that is bestowed upon us, every breath we're given, is "a God thing."

To give Him credit only for the things that make us feel happy in the moment?
I just feel like we, as His people, can (and should) have truckloads more reverence for Him than that.

Monday, July 23, 2012

::i will wait

Here's the thing:
Being single is really hard sometimes.
Especially in your mid-30s, when you wonder how many people have wondered if you may, in fact, be one of The Un-marry-ables.
Or maybe, horror of horrors, you're secretly (GASP!) a lesbian.

But alas, you're not gay.
You're attracted to guys.
The problem is, they don't really seem to be attracted to you.
And even though you know, deep down, that it's "not your fault," well...sometimes it just feels like it is.
Maybe you're just too fat, too sensitive, too needy, too...something.

You also know that being in a relationship and/or being married is really hard sometimes.
You have seen this firsthand.
You have seen marriages crumble to dust.
You have seen break-ups that were downright soul-crushing.
And yet, sometimes you just can't help but pine for the companionship.
The temptation to pine is everywhere; from romantic-comedy storylines to evangelical sermons.

And that's why you watch this video almost every day.
This poet moves you in places you didn't know you had.
She makes you shiver and cry.
You hold this close to your heart, a soul-soother when you need its magical elixir.

[THANK YOU, Janette, from the depths of my spirit.]

More than the watchmen wait for the morning...


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