“Anna, do you have quiet time?”I skipped around this question, skirting the tickling guilt of a blatant “NO” staring at me bluntly.
“What does it mean to live as a Christian? And are you living that way yourself? Wow, that was a lot more profounder than I thought it would be. And then I said profounder and ruined the moment.”I don’t get it – we could talk forever [and I mean that, probably for years on end] about these topics and ideas of church and worship and Christianity and prayer and ‘quiet time’ and community and what do you actually believe? Can you articulate it?
It’s fascinating to me to talk with people [ok, let’s be real, listen to people] and get down to the core of what they believe. Where are your views coming from? What ‘truth’ is ingrained in your theology?
“And are we sinful because we sin or because it’s in our nature?”Where are you getting truth from?
“It’s in our nature.” No hesitation.
The Bible.Are you going to tell me that my truth is wrong?
From pastor’s lips.
Books on spiritual formation.
Moments on top of mountains.
This summer has been good to me, especially these last days. The time spent with Jill, with Val, with Nate, all the conversations, all the music obsessing, all the thoughts. It's just been good. Shakespeare and coffee dates and Aslan in the car and letters and hugs and love.
God's restorative power has been displayed in so many ways [who knew I could heal? who knew family could be so close? who knew we could be friends again? who knew we had so much in common? who knew the security in speech?]. I am unworthily learning how to speak with my God, what prayer means, why it is important.
New ideas [too many of them?] circle in my mind, mixed with literature, harmonies. How can an evening spent hiking on an island in Scotland, buffeted by the wind, watching the sunset on the longest day of the year hold just as much meaning as an evening spent making dinner and watching RENT with a dear friend? Significance is where you place it.
Be floored by a moment today. Let it take your breath and leave you reeling with its importance. If it's a stranger holding open a door, a moment where all you can hear is the birds in the tree outside your window, someone who is genuinely glad to see you, or God's audible voice screaming at you to just shut up and listen!