These three. They crack me up. And so does this photo. It took them a while to get to this place….where they would all hang out together, play and just well, act silly. Bevo, Mia and my Brisket spent pretty much all summer together at Bevo’s house while Mia’s mom took care of them. At first Mia didn’t know what to think of Bevo and Brisket. She would bark and yip and was just generally unsure of what to think of the two bigger dogs. But over time, she came to love these two and the other dogs (and humans) who came into her life this past summer. It was her season of growing. Spending time in their presence helped her come to know and love Bevo and Brisket. Just as we grow by spending time in God’s presence. God wants ALL of us to get to a place of comfort in His presence, but sometimes that comfort is preceded by a period of insecurity and uncertainty. Hello, Mia.
I know those periods of insecurity and uncertainty. Well. Just when I think I’ve mastered something in my relationship with God, the rug gets pulled up from underneath me and I realize that I’ve got more growing to do. And that’s ok. I don’t want to be static. I want to be better. A better person for my friends, family and self. A better person for God. So, I’ve come to learn that I’ve got to spend consistent time in His presence – which means consistent time in His word.
I recently read Everybody Always: Becoming Love in a World of Setbacks and Difficult People by Bob Goff. I loved it so much that I read it in 2.5 milliseconds. Ok, maybe not that fast. But I did read it fast because I couldn’t get enough of what he was saying and how it relates to where I am in my life right now. My next series of blogs are all about growing in God’s word and how we do that in a world where there are so many setbacks. Naturally, I’ve “stolen” some words from Bob. So….here it goes….
- People don’t grow where they are planted, they grow where they are loved.
- When our faith gets tested, we have the chance to grow. God guides us to uncomfortable places because He knows most of us are too afraid to seek them out ourselves.
- God doesn’t want us to get stuck scratching our heads or over-analyzing our circumstances. When you’ve got a guide you can trust, you don’t have to worry about the path you’re on.
- God isn’t always leading us to the safest route forward but to the one where we’ll grow the most. He speaks most clearly in the stillness that desperation brings and He’s hoping we’ll return more dependent on him.
- God often uses what we’re good at to guide us into what we do next.
Many thanks to Bob Goff for his words….more to come on how this growth in happening in and around Charlotte….and in me…. 🙂