Who is your relationship with?


The Impossible Prayer. £100k for God on a bus, in a car-park, week-in-week-out. Showing youngsters that God is constant, eternal, and inclusive. That He is here right now. And will be here as each one grows, moves in their own living, And when they are ready for Him – He is waiting for them. Always has been. Always will be. It is powerful symbolism. It is powerful relationship. £100k He asked me to ask Him for. So far? £82.

And this morning He brought me this:

Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.” Luke 12:13-21

And we talked about the impossible prayer. Too high a figure, more than is needed to keep things ticking over? Too much will change people’s frame of mind, their own relationships with this God on a bus and the young people? All of that and none of that.

My lesson is to pray the impossible. My lesson is not to limit the possible. My lesson is to never “know” what is enough for my Father.

So I brought Him this (or He brought this – indwelling gets confusing): I am an abundant God, a God of abundance – “On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee … His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” John 2:1-10 (because “six multiplied by twenty-thirty gallons” is every binge-drinkers fantasy – hangover hell calling!)

Like – if You can go OTT with the wine, how does that make sense of the “treasures” lesson, where is the £100k then – You said to ask!

Last night I found myself saying, to another, that I would not allow anything or anyone to come between me and My Lord. The another said “Great!”

This morning I find myself wondering what I am to do when HE comes between me and my relationship with HIM? When HE unsettles where I think I am … strong and tight with my God, on the same page, in synch, listening and guided, speaking and acting in harmony … all that stuff we teach and preach as life-changing.

Maybe the truth of relationship is this: when we have “got it” is the same moment we stop “getting it.”

Because maybe the moment I “get it”, is also the moment that I forget YOU are as precious as ME. When I forget that each of us and Him changes each of us and me (if I allow). The same moment I forget that changing does not stop. Is never finished. Is never complete (unless we “allow” it to be complete, good enough for us, perfect enough for Him). When He gets in the way of me – what do I do then?

Which prompted Him to bring me this: “Who is your relationship with, Paul?”

With you Lord – with You.

“Okay – another question, Paul … who is My relationship with?”

(silence)

“Are we back to fellowship again?”

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7 thoughts on “Who is your relationship with?

  1. I think that if I fully (really fully) understood God and his relationship with me, then I would actually be God. I find it flippin’ frustrating trying to work out what God is saying to me day by day, especially if it’s through a fog of doubt or weakness of faith or just down right cussedness on my part, but the exciting thing is that he never gives up trying to get the message across to me. He’s inventive and innovative – thank goodness!

    • Great comment, Keith thank you. He’s so inventive and innovative He also seems to have built-in fellowship (of His loving relationship building-up all included kind) not as an optional “upgrade” – but as a necessary part of the living and learning! Something I am only coming to embrace recently.

  2. I wanted to share this with you- our soundboard at church was on its last legs and we needed to get a new one. I was going to mention this need during a Sunday service. The day before, I was praying for Him to meet the need and to give me the right words to say. Then He led me to pray for one person- a single person to step out in faith and meet this need. Well, the next day during church I mentioned this need and that if anyone was willing to help to see me after church. God was so faithful- not only did He meet the need, but He did it in the exact way He led me to pray- one person came to me and wrote the check. Paid in full. I read something from a devotional that said miracles come from impossible prayers 🙂 This wall with Him is quite an awesome journey 🙂

    • I thought I had replied yesterday, but have just noticed that I added a new comment rather than a reply! Woops!!

      Julie – wow! What a beautiful, honest and love-filled “You and Him”! Thank you so much for sharing this here. Each time I read an account like this, always – always – there is a clear sequence of conversation and guidance. I hope my hearing is not going!

      I have a category “Stories I want to Share” for occasions and people just like this. if you are guided to write this up as your own post I will reblog. If you want to add it here – I would be honoured (and if neither of those appeal – then thank you again for sharing such a wonderful intimacy!)

      Enjoy your miracle soundboard when it arrives!!

      ((hugs))

      Paul

  3. This really struck a chord with me. God is doing some shaking on my end, unsettling, making me stretch and ask for the impossible. I’m a stay in my corner kind of girl but HE is having none of it. THANK YOU for this post. I should be asleep by now but I guess I had to read this first. 😉

    • Your comments of late suggest He is shaking with intent! 🙂
      Don’t know about you, but I find sometimes I am “wowed” and other times just “ouched” by His keen interest!
      Some stretching happening here as well – and He has used a lot of resources to have me accept the stretching (prising off my “hanging on by my fingertips” kind of resources).
      Let’s all be stretched and find out the impossible never was!
      ((hugs))

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