Monday, April 9, 2012

Running Against the Wind - Part 1

I haven't written much on here in the way of "deep" postings in awhile.  To be honest, the past month or so has been filled with a strange mix of emotions for me.  When I sat down to start writing out what God has been doing in my heart lately, it turned out to be a REALLY long post.  So, this week, I’ll be sharing a series of 4 posts on what God’s been revealing to me lately.  I’ve been wanting to write it all out for awhile now, but I just hadn’t worked it all out in my head yet.  

My church recently completed a series called “Story”.  There was a message that one of our pastors, Jason Mitchell, gave a few weeks ago that has been circling around in my brain ever since I heard it.  A lot of what God’s been teaching me comes from this series and this one particular message.  It was about the Holy Spirit, but it started off with a brief reminder of what the whole series had been about.  This is what Jason said at the beginning of his message:  

“God is writing a grand script.  We’ve been referring to God’s plans as the ‘upper story’,  but if God has an ‘upper story’, that God is up to something in this world, then the reality is that most of us live in our own ‘lower stories’.  Our ‘lower stories’ are our individual lives.  They’re the circumstances, the pains, the joys, the triumphs - what makes up our day-to-day lives.  There tends to be a gap between our own ‘lower stories’ and how we see if fit into a larger story that God might be writing.  It’s very easy to get so narrowly focused on our own lower stories, that we tend to forget that perhaps God is up to something - that God is writing a story, even through the circumstances that we might be facing, that God is doing something good - that God can be trusted in it all.”

This hit me like a ton of bricks.  I’ve been really narrowly focused on the “lower story” of my life lately.  For awhile now I've felt God has been really, really silent in my life.  Not in a bad way, necessarily, but I just haven't felt much movement or heard much from Him.  

{tune in tomorrow for Part 2}

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