Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Are You Ready

Last Friday morning giving into my regular coffee fixation; I ventured up town (just minutes away) to one of several Tim Horton’s for my daily extra large double, double, and a fresh pastry, yum. After waiting in line for a bit, Diane one of the regular employees asks, “Are you ready for another exciting day?” I quickly replied. You bet I am!
Funny thing was, there was this nudge in me that this was in fact my heavenly father asking that of me through Diane, yup, right then and there in Tim Horton’s, cool. I went back home as I don’t start work until 10:15, but I pondered on the juxtaposition of this invasive question posed to me.
Little did I know at the time that what sounded like an invitation into a most exciting day was in fact going to be just that, only sandwiched in numerous road blocks, set backs etc.

Isn’t it witty and maybe this is just me, but when we think there is only one way to define adventure, excitement, that when it turns out to be something far removed from a feel good time we can so easily slip into a funk?
The more I am discovering, experiencing, the wonder of his total unconditional love for me, I am witnessing a disarming, a defusing of potential volatile and explosive reactions that had such hair triggers to them.

This isn’t me remotely bragging on any perfection, but it is me whole heartedly bragging on the perfect one in me perfectly loving me, embracing me, accepting me for who I am. This unseen but all invasive infection of his love for me (us) is turning into something far more than being governed by outer rules and regulations or codes, the transformation is simply an overflow of the root source, that God is love in Rich.

The habitual sin habit patterns that were established within my soul are being displaced not by might or by power, but by an increasingly knowable, inviting and consuming love.
What most of humanity has witnessed regarding this entity called Christianity is in fact only a partial real deal, yes having been received of/by God the Father their dead spirit was instantly revitalized in it becoming joined, one with God. But, not allowing Him to invade the other portions of our being has sadly produced a mere religious sentiment; Christian’s aren’t perfect, only forgiven!
The perfection I am emphasizing has nothing to do with us directly, but everything to do with his love freeing us to live loved, openly live before humanity that they might see and hear not just another religious mantra, but experience the invisible God living and breathing in everyday folks standing in line waiting to be served with their Tim Horton’s coffee.

“Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”



Ruth said...

HI Rich,
Long time no see. loved your post, yes God loves us so much and it is so wonderful that He takes us up in that consuming love for us. We are loved no matter what, when or where. He loves & cares for us and has set us free to live deeply loved, not in a religious sense, but a IKNOWTHATIKNOW sense. His love carried within us . going to be thinking about this encounter on my next trip to Timmy's take care

lydia said...

This resonated with me, thanks!!

Rich said...

Yeah Ruth,

Great to have you join me in the pool, isn't the water just perfect!
Always great to hear from you sis, and yes discovering day in and day out the unfathomable riches of His love for me/us is definitely all about living loved.

Rich said...


The resonating,ah yes, that I know well, thanks!!