Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Conversation with God...
I went for a jog this morning to continue thinking about this and had a very nice "chat" with God. I have chatted before, but today it was not begging for an answer but just telling Him about what I am facing and enjoying a time alone with Him. Wow, how refreshing. I meet with a friend to do the same thing, why wouldn't I think of God this way? When I want to build a friendship, I want to talk with that person as much as possible. How else will I truly know them if I don't spend time with them? God wants the same from us.
When I returned, I opened my Bible for the first time in a couple weeks (yes, I haven't read it in awhile). I have a Celebrate Recovery Study Bible that I purchased when I attempted to go through the 12 step program. I am not one that usually opens up my Bible and says, what is it today that you are speaking to me about and just magically comes across something...but today, it opened to Psalms 27: 1-6...and the 11th step. "we sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contacts with God, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry that out." The devotion goes on the say this...."Most of us initially turn to God for the help he can give us...... we may be surprised to find that, as time passes, we turn to God out of a desire to be near him, As we discover how wonderful he is and how much he loves us, we draw near to him because of the joy we experience in his presence."
Really, this is not something that I didn't already know but I guess in the experiences of the past few years, I have come to realize that prayer means something completely different to me. So, if you see me and share a struggle with me, I may say something like, "I will chat with God about that", not being disrespectful but acknowledging that my friend, and creator, God, will be there to listen and know my concern for you.