Off to Adelaide for a meeting with my new missions job todnight, be back Friday. I think I am looking forward to it, not sure if these meeying are actually fun!
Been reading a bit from lots of different books lately, you know how you go through those stages in which you pick up and start multiple reads?
I finished Finding Sanctuary the other day, good morning read/devotional style.
I have begun The Practice of the Presence of God (Brother Lawrence) in the last few days.
It is an interesting read and it has made me think a bit about the “Victorious life theology”. You know that one that says that if you do XYZ then everything will work out. Therefore if things are not working then you have not got your x’s and y’s in the right places. Brother Lawrence mentioned that “he was not affraide of anything”, that he lived in “complete and permanant joy”. This all sounds nice…a bit too nice. What about when a friend dies…ok, what about when a friend dies that hates God?
What about when you stub your flippin’ toe?
At dinner every night we share our highs and lows of our day. It is interesting that my mother-in-law (God bless her, she lives with us and it it is a total joy!!) but she was at Victory Life for a while and is now at a ‘softer’ penicostal church, but she NEVER has a low point in her day…so she says. And it seems like a ‘thing’ you know what I mean? “Oh no I don’t have a low!” I can see the kids processing this amazing person with no lows, yet we all know she does.
I wonder if we have this theology that says when we are walking with God all is well and when we are not all sucks.
So I guess then when something bad happens we need to cover it up quick or deny it so it does not away the awful secret that I may not be walkng well with God, if indeed we operate with this squewed theology.
Disclaimer – this is not a go at my mother-in-law, she was just a handy example! I do love her dearly, I do, no seriously!