“Off the page” is the phrase that comes to mind to describe what I’ve been experiencing in my life lately. Think three dimensional. Think comic strip characters brought to life on the big screen. Off the page and into real life. Think John 1:14: “the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” And think 2 Corinthians 3:2: “you yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone.”
What am I talking about? God keeps bringing people into my life who are living “off the page,” so to speak. Living out the word of God in a real and powerful way that is speaking volumes into my life.
It’s not like I haven’t always had people like this in my life. My mom, for example, has consistently lived out her faith in such a way that has inspired both my sister and me over the years. I think the difference perhaps is that God’s just been working over the soil of my heart, loosening up some very hardened ground and creating an increased sense of receptivity. The popular song lyric “open the eyes of my heart” comes to mind.
I think for the first time in my Christian life I’m starting to understand and appreciate the importance of community with other believers. I’m by nature a pretty private person, so it was easy for me to take the concept of a “personal relationship with Christ” to an extreme! But I’m learning that growing together is the way God meant for it to be. Yes, as some of us were discussing this morning, the commitment to growth is my responsibility. Only I can say “yes” to God and take that next step. But God really doesn’t intend for that to happen in a vacuum. Again – nothing new here – except that I’m finally coming into awareness of this truth. Blogging has been instrumental in this awareness, in creating a safe space for me to share and in the sense of community it has offered, and so I have to thank each of you for being part of this journey over the last few years.
I’ll be away for the next few days on a retreat of sorts – as opposed to the more or less private retreat I did last year, this will be more of a group experience. I don’t exactly know what to expect but I’m quite excited about this opportunity. I would greatly covet your prayers that I will be open to God’s voice and direction during this time, and that I would appropriately respond to his invitation to live life “off the page.”