How do you describe something words don’t very easily? How do you paint a picture others may see through? How do you sing a song of lyrics others may discern?
Simply putting words on a page and pressing “Publish” – it should be simple – it should be easy – it should be fulfilling. And it is.
In my case it began very simply: “Write, Paul – write.”
This indwelling God, this Friend and constant Companion. A simple invitation. One which took me a full year to embrace!
Because writing to an invisible (and probably absent) audience is scary. Writing … what exactly? And how often? And words … how many words? And even then – will anyone read it – how will I know – and what happens if they do – just what happens if they comment …
“Write, Paul – write.”
So I did.
We sat and shared a daily reading of verses. Me and my God. And as we shared the moment – as we talked – as we giggled – as we watched each other at ease – as we shared the same space – because we are a team – we wrote.
And my God Soft Hands Jesus, GSHJ, just loves to show me things. Little details.
And I love to be shown little things. Huge God insights!
My GSHJ became “Batman” (complete with batmobile) and He did donuts in the batmobile! And on the odd occasion I was allowed to be Robin. But I never got to drive – I never got to be the boss. And then GSHJ gave me my own loom – one of those Victorian factory looms – clunking and clattering – a bunch of threads (of thoughts) into one end, and a simple word woven on a beautiful piece out of the other end. My God is a generous God, an abundant God, a loving God.
So just who was my audience as I wrote these moments into a post – as He sometimes dictated, always edited, and frequently asked me to press Delete (you get used to that)?
Just me – being curious. Just me – and GSHJ
This blogging and writing is a diary, a journal, a record, a map, a chart. And more than that – it became a kitchen table. A table shared by and with others. Others who were also journeying with the same Lord we love, we share, and we all know.
A living, indwelling, real God.
I was drawn to others. My GSHJ drew me to others. And a community evolved. A group of ordinary people with an extraordinary connection. People who had never met. People who never saw each other – who never spoke to each other (other than through a keyboard). Yet a community which was the best of church. The best of fellowship. The best of communion. The best of God.
Because we have just one thing in common: Our Living Lord.
Please note –
The chapters which follow are not that story. Not that community. The chapters which follow are just a bunch of words me and GSHJ wrote together. He asked me – “Could a book be written as a blog?” I had no idea. But we wrote those chapters. And a conversation – community – took place under each. That was in 2014.
Then today – in 2016 – someone asked where the name “God Soft Hands Jesus” had come from. They asked where did GSHJ originate?
And I went looking. I went looking through 824 posts He and I have written together (so far). It took some finding.
That phrase was birthed in the chapters of a book: God Soft Hands Jesus
Here is that book –
it is stored in Google Docs
and all you need to do
is click this link:
If you want the answer it is in Chapter Nine. But I hope you will linger. I hope you will retrace my steps with GSHJ and me. Maybe you will find your own God a little closer than you expected.
And a few suggestions …
At the end of each chapter is the link back to the blog page. Because the joy of community is the conversation below a “post” (technical term for one page of the “blog”). Please feel free to pause and click into the blog pages – share the conversation – explore the blogs of those leaving comments – maybe even leave your own comment.
This book is a blog. And these chapters of this blog are a book. The two are the same but different.
These chapters, these posts, this book – they are “community” – and this “community” is a response to a question by someone I love as a brother.
Roland Ledoux: http://forgodslove52.wordpress.com/ asked me where the name GSHJ came from – and I thought you might like to know as well.
“God Soft Hands Jesus”
and all you need to do
is click this link:
Cool. Like the Google blog book. A handy GSHJ reference. 🙂
Mel – thank you (and I seem to have missed a timely response to your comment – sorry!)
I love how we are drawn together through God Soft Hands Jesus. It was meant to be. Writing is therapeutic. Through words we give and we receive. I am glad to know how the name GSHJ came about. Hugs from across the water.
Dale, my apologies for missing your comment! This was fun to find and revisit. Thank you for kind words. Being “drawn together” is powerful!!
Didn’t realize you did this! I’m reading, I’m reading!! 😉
Roland, thank you! Your comment prompted me to come here – to find two other kind people I had missed! 🙂
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