God does not send us into the dangerous and exacting life of faith because we are qualified; He chooses in order to qualify us for what he wants us to be or do." Eugene Peterson
Thanks for visiting,
After I get all of the mutating missionary blogs from the past re-posted here, I will continue writing fresh ones. Enjoy the review...
Robyn Rochelle Cox
Loving God in the Moment
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Two interesting conversations in the past few weeks
"I just want what I want, when I want it."
Quote taken from a US Citizen after being in Germany for 3 weeks. She was ready to go home. Her nails hadn't been done in 3 weeks, her hair needed a trim, and bi-gum-bi-golly if she wanted a bottle of water in the middle of the night from a neighborhood grocery - one SHOULD be open!
"I like God. At least the part of Him I like. I will take the part of Him I like and not take the part of Him I don't." middle age German man
"Well, that is not really how God works. God is an either all or nothing kind of God. He says He would rather us be hot or cold, if we are lukewarm He will spit us out." missionary friend of said man and his wife
"I don't like that." middle age German man
"Too bad, that is what God says, not what say. The reality is: either you take ALL of God or nothing at all." missionary friend says with a German raspberry (one of the first German phrases I learned - :-)
"But, I don't want to take none of God. What if He really is real. If I don't take some of Him I might not go to heaven." shock and concern settle over said middle age German man's forehead
Pondering the above conversations brought me to this conclusion.
Is it possible - our problem with God could be narrowed down to these two thought processes?
I don't know about you, but in reality many of my discussions with God remind me of the first quote. Yep, saying I'm sorry God, I'm doing it again - I'm stomping my foot on the inside - I'm wanting my way - I am not listening to your still small voice. Please forgive me.
I am thankful that I desire to know God in full - not that I understand Him at all, but I do want to know Him. Somewhere in the last 15 years this became a burning desire. I don't just want to see His hand, I want to touch His face. I was thinking about that also today when I was studying my German. I go over the same exercises repeatedly... over and over and over again. I am getting to know them so quickly that my hand slides across the keys of my computer keyboard quite rapidly, my voice can almost mimic the sound of the German speaker in the microphone. And then, I add another exercise. I stumble through it, and the process begins again.
A lover knows their lover's face not only by sight, but by touch. A scar here, a mole there, a cleft in a chin here, his hairline is just so! I want to know my Lover's face so intimately - I can touch it. I know that I could not handle His glory, I know that He cannot reveal all of Himself to me - I would die at the slightest revelation. But, I also know He is thrilled that I want it. He delights that I desire Him so.
So here I sit, studying this German that He has called me to, looking out from my balkon (balcony) toward the Black Forest - praising HIM!
Posted by Robyn Rochelle E. at Thursday, July 27, 2006
A little about me
I am in the world almost every day. Okay, daily.