Thank You


A community of relationship. Socialising with purpose. Fellowship. Walking together in faith. Seeking God each day. Sharing the Love. Doing Kingdom Work. Diverse in skill sets and attributes. United in purpose and Love. The sense of beauty. The awesomeness of the concept. The lightness of the direction. The satisfaction of the journey. We are God’s Chosen People. Us. Here. Look. Here we are …

And then He gets in my head and goes wallop. No batman, no loom, no kapows, no cute rugs, no anything. Just a high-tech millsecond data burst with 1000 plus words. And my response to this gift: “Why me? You surely are not serious here lord” And His response: “Oh yes I am”

(The sense of beauty. The awesomeness of the concept. The lightness of the direction. The satisfaction of the journey. We are God’s Chosen People. Us. Here. Look.)

That kinda flew out of the window for a while when I got that databurst yesterday. That is when I almost got the “burden of the cross” back again. Almost.

Instead … I trusted in faith. Wrote in faith. Checked in faith. Reproduced the databurst as best I could. Did the best Kingdom Work I could in faith. The was yesterday’s post (“Why not you”: http://wp.me/p2J08P-DT), that is where it came from.

Why was I given those words? I have no idea. Why did the lord want those words written? I have no idea. Are they “bad words”? Not in my heart or head. Are they “of God”? Well unless I am completely cuckoo – yes. That is how God works. I do – He works. That is what I have signed up to. That is what we have all signed up to. Sometimes – “counter intuitive”? Maybe always counter intuitive. Is that where this “burden thing” comes from? The carrying a cross stuff?

So this morning I reached for the daily offering of verses. Had a sip of my cuppa. High-fived Him in a sleepy kind of “Good morning lord” way. And had a look at our face-time topic today. And these verses stared back at me:

‘If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. There is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that his testimony to me is true. You sent messengers to John, and he testified to the truth. Not that I accept such human testimony, but I say these things so that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. But I have a testimony greater than John’s. John 5:31-36

Here I am again ….

Desert … ghost village … dust devils …cowboy town …. silence ….

‘If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true.

Can you hear him?

The batmobile … that Vrooom … Vrooom… as He pumps the pedal? Big smile through that Batman mask!

There is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that his testimony to me is true.

And the loom is clanking wildly as I type this.

Wow! It has suddenly become very noisy in my head this morning!

Now the loom is clanking out a small rug – as beautiful as they always are. As perfect as they always are. And in the middle of this one. U … O … Y …. K …. N ….. A ….. H ….

“Thank you”

Thank you? A thank you from my loom! Has God just said “thank you” … to me? Wow! Now that is a first!

And I hear his voice:

“Stop typing now Paul. That is it – let them take these words as well. I want to speak with them – I want to go to work.”

Please let me know what He says to you?

Thank you.

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11 thoughts on “Thank You

    • LM – thank you. Although confused is more accurate. And happy. Happy to be confused and trusting. And gobsmacked to have that wee rug this morning!

  1. Why wouldn’t he say Thank You to you Paul? if WE say thank you to you, and He lives in us………….are you doing the math???????
    THANK YOU PAUL!!

    Katie

  2. We are all confused sometimes, we are all trusting sometimes… and yes, sometimes we feel really weak and messed up, yet when those things come together we have no choice but to put our trust in Him… and that is the beginning of courage and strength, not ours, but His in us. In those times,”they” may get a bit loud, but “we” love one another…

    Thank you, Paul!

    • “the beginning of courage and strength, not ours, but His in us”

      Don, I had huge reservations about this whole thing. Every “god fibre” in me pulling back. What won through was simple trust. He has never hurt me, let me down, asked for something damaging. He has asked for stuff without an explanation and in no case has it ever been “bad” in his and my terms. It is that absence of an explanation which got me yesterday. And the “gravity” LM mentioned: what will others think? How does this help? And today – still not an answer in sight. Yet a HUGE reassuring hug.

      Seemed to me it is so easy to replace one “gravity” with another – easy to become attached to the community, the “we are one” song. And when the “tough stuff” is asked – then community is still “where it’s at” – but also not where it’s at.. Where it’s at – where it has to be at – is Him and me.

      “Community” has also been part of the last 24 hours in a wonderful way. Loads of learning swirling around inside still.

      Thank you.

      • Paul, keep your eyes on Jesus. Go where He leads, and all will be fine in the end. God is very touchy on the subject of judgment and condemnation; He reserves those things for His exclusive use, and anybody who doesn’t understand that has a lot to learn about God.

        God has also made it very clear that He knows that all of us have our issues at various times, whatever they may be, but He loves us anyway, and expects us to take the same attitude toward one another: the “love thing”

        God loves you, Paul, and so do all of us!

  3. Paul, this post made me smile. Sometimes we just have to go along anyways, not quite sure of where we are going but obedient nonetheless. God will put phrases and topics in my head in the oddest of times and places. He makes me aware of myself, my failings but always His love. I’m no longer striving for perfection, that fear is gone.
    I am striving to be obedient when He tells me to and I don’t understand and in return I have received some off the wall “thank yous” from Him that have made me laugh and smile. We are to encourage one another even with our faults and failings. He uses those too! Just keep doing what He has called you to do…. 🙂

    • Lilka – thank you. “off the wall thank yous” 🙂

      Perfection and me parted company a long time ago! Your comment is so full of good stuff – so rather than repeat your words and make them twice as long with mine … a BIG thank you!!

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