Your Real Conversation
Yesterday I closed my blog with a question born of C.S. Lewis’ thoughts on encountering the Living God. Lewis had posed “…There comes a moment when people who have been dabbling in religion… suddenly draw back. Supposing we really found Him?… Worse still, supposing He had found us!”
And so I asked, “Will you find Him, or will He find you?”
Well I didn’t quite catch your answer to that – Of course, how could I? You are out there all real and everything and I… I am just some text in cyberspace now. In fact the real me is by now quite possibly out and about not at all mindful of this current conversation. And I pray there is a very real conversation taking place just now. Not a conversation between you and this uncertain conglomerate of digital data you currently perceive as “words” on a “page.” But a conversation nonetheless taking place now in your head between you and the Living God.
You see, He is very much real in this your very real moment – whatever that ol’ boy John McLean is doing at this moment. Because you see the power of words is to lay down ideas… to make them portable so to speak, and then at any time when you read them they call to your mind again the thoughts the author thought and wanted very much to share with you… or the next person for that matter.
And the thoughts you are now thinking about the question “Will you find Him, or will He find you?” are thoughts the Holy Spirit of God can now use to speak to as you set your mind upon them. For as Paul told the Athenians and as Elder Don posed to us this past Sunday, it matters not how you feel about it… God is ever present… you need only “feel after Him” that is “reach out for Him” because “He is not far from any one of us.” (Acts 17:27).
What this “feeling out” and “reaching after” really is, is simply you deciding you want Him… and then keeping on with it… engaging with Him in that little dialogue in your head right now. That is your real conversation. Not me. Just call me.. Elihu.
“But we are not of those who draw back unto perdition, but of those who believe, to the saving of the soul.” (Heb. 10:39).