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Monday, September 21, 2009

At The Water's Edge

Ok so...I recently discovered this great book.  And in saying that I have discovered it, I actually mean to say that God has put it in front of my face about 3 times and I finally took notice.  ha ha  Yes, I am slow like that.

Francis Chan has written a book called Crazy Love and since I didn't have the money to buy the physical book BUT had credits on iTunes, I am now proud to say that the author comes to my earbuds whenever I should so desire him to in order to render a personal reading of his work. :)

This morning, I had Mr. Chan turned up on my drive home from the school drop offs and he said something that made me look down at my iPod.  I backed up the track and listened again.  Then I had to turn it off and ponder his statement in my mind.  Once home, I had to sit and take the time to type it out so that I can see it, as I am NOT an oral learner, by any stretch.  I have to see it...each syllable has to be laid out in black and white so that my mind can devour each word from the page.

When I had it all out on the page, I could only sit back and shake my head at the simple wisdom:
"Not being able to fully understand God is frustrating, but it is ridiculous for us to think we have the right to limit God to something we're capable of comprehending.  What a stunted, insignificant God that would be. If my mind is the size of a soda can and God is the size of all the oceans, it would be stupid for me to say that He is only the small amount of water I can scoop into my little can.  God is so much bigger, so far beyond our time encased, air/food/sleep dependent livesStop here, even if just for a moment and glorify the Eternal God."
"But You, Lord, sit enthroned forever;
Your renown endures through all generations.
But You remain the same,
and Your years will never end."
Ps. 102:12,27
I can freely admit to stooping at the water's edge, bent down in a futile attempt to force His nature to fill my Diet Dr. Pepper sized mind with the vast fullness that ebbs and flows before me.  I have expected to understand Him based on my vantage point from the southwestern shore of life and have been so sure that I have seen Him for all that He is...confident that I know enough of Him as I pull my eyes away from His face as I turn back to take on life's tidal waves.  Funny how it never sounded silly before now...

Listening to Francis Chan's Crazy Love while looking up as always...


Susie said...

That book is life changing for sure...

alicia said...

Glad you found a way to get your hands on that book, one way or another. I do believe that if God were hitting you that many times over the head with it, that He will make sure it gets to you!


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