The bed squeaked under my weight. Light filtered in from the street lamp and illuminated the life-size sunflowers on my wall.
“What happened today, God?” My voice echoed in the empty house. Pieces splintering off the ceiling. Pieces full of fear and sorrow and hurt.
It’s never fun to hear your failings. It’s even less fun when they’re laced with lies.
It was the summer I learned love but it was also the summer I learned knowing.
How you can’t live forever on knowledge of the past. There has to be work in the present. Friendships aren’t maintained on memories. They’re maintained on experiences.
Memories are good. Excellent, in fact. But we can’t live in the memories. We cling to the memories as we live in the now.
The Bible is clear on building altars. Milestones that mark our walk with him. But you can have a hundred altars in your past and not know him in the present if you aren’t spending time with him today.
God doesn’t change but we do. Over time our perceptions and understanding can grow and deepen, becoming richer and fuller. Or it can wither and dry up, leaving us empty and dying of thirst.
When we stop moving after him we stop knowing.
I did that in my friendships once. I stopped sharing and stopped listening and then couldn’t understand why I didn’t know them and they didn’t know me.
How could they believe lies about me? Easy, if they didn’t know my heart.
How can we believe lies about our God? Not too hard, if we don’t know his heart.
Ways to Dig Deeper (1)
Read the Word.
Simple, I know, but so often neglected. Just read.
Use a tool like this printable to mark off chapters you’ve read so you can keep track.
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