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?”
“Are we back to fellowship again?”