I don’t know about you, but I’ve heard the story about the prodigal son for as long as I can remember. I’m guessing that most people, even if not Jesus followers, know the story as well. So, it’s difficult for me to not drift off in other thoughts when hearing it. This past Sunday, I took notes during the talk and therefore, paid attention. I still didn’t “get” anything even after paying attention.
I have to spend some time putting myself in the parable and figure out if I identify with any of the people?
This week’s talk was the third in the Into the Unknown series at Radius. In this series, we’ve had a chance to look at how we face the unknowns in our lives. This week’s talk looked at Israel’s encounters with God and their own creation of the golden calf. If you missed this week’s talk you can catch it here.
Don’t Be Afraid To Dream Big.
This was one of Amanda’s exhortations that stuck out to me. Dream Big. I couldn’t possibly. I’m entirely too practical for that. Keep my plans small, and then they’ll probably work out. And that brings me to another point Amanda made, “Accept that you are not in control.” A small dream or plan is something that I feel is in my control. Just because I feel in control does not mean that I am. It just gives me the illusion that I am. And, I am quite content to live in that illusion. However, what kind of growth am I going to have within that illusion? I will have very little growth along with my very small dreams. But it feels safe. Maybe safe-ish?
Toward the end of Pastor Blake’s message today he prayed: "May we chase, may we embrace the Holy Spirit in our life.” This spoke so truly to me, along with the question, “God, Holy Spirit, who am I supposed to reach today?” After a few weeks of feeling disconnected to our gathering for various personal reasons, I felt (what feels like) the truth of the Holy Spirit reflected in the words shared today. I’ve often felt that the Holy Spirit is what chases me, like the “Reckless Love” song that I am absolutely enamored with when we sing, “Oh it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the 99.”
I am your over the top protective parent the kind of parent that my family called the hawk when my daughter was a toddler long before the term helicopter parent even existed.You know most times we don’t even realize how active God is around us on a daily basis as his children. He is the ultimate helicopter parent watching and hovering over us. He keeps us safe from so many dangers and pit falls that we never even knew were there. He is constantly removing the banana peels from our path and keeping us upright. How many times have we narrowly avoided an fall or an accident and said thank God with out really stopping to think that he really was watching and did intervene. Or when you drop your toast and it lands jelly side up was that luck or Gods doing?