I just finished reading Donald Millers book "Through Painted Deserts." He is the same writer who wrote "Blue Like Jazz", and "Searching for God Knows What." Anyways, I could not put the book down. For one, I just love the way that he writes. I feel like I am listening to him in a room as he is telling the story. Second, he has a way of getting deep about his thoughts on God and spirituality that really seem to connect with me.
It seems like that as Spring approaches, and the world outside starts coming alive again, I cannot help but look at myself, and wonder where my growth has been. I think it is Spring time in me as well. It has been Winter for me long enough. Staying dormant has been to easy. Lynsey and I have started going to a new church, and I really think that it is good for us. (For those of you whoever had a Dave Wheeler class, it is his old church)....(to those of you who have no idea of who I am talking about...that's ok). My job at the camp gives me all the room to grow spiritually that I could need. In fact, we are required to spend an hour a day, a day a month, and a week a year in sabbatical, and study. I think I will start taking advantage of that time. I need to, not just for me, but for my family.
For me I think it comes down to relationship. I haven't really figured out how to have a meaningful relationship with a God that wants nothing but a relationship with me. What I need to figure out is how I can hang out with Jesus in my garage. He was a carpenter, and when I am in my garage I am doing carpentry. How cool would that be? And when we were done building whatever Lynsey wants me to build for Annabel, we would sit in lawn chairs overlooking the driveway, and maybe sip a beer together. But not any beer, and good micro-brew in a warm glass. And who is to say that we couldn't smoke a pipe, and blow smoke rings into the air and talk about whatever is on our mind at the time. That is the kind of relationship that I want.
While reading, I wished several times that I could go on a road trip and experience the same things that were talked about in this book. That maybe if I was on a trip like that I would have the same thoughts that would lead me to a greater understanding of God, and the relationship that He wants with us. That wouldn't be the case, I would think about stupid things like what type of food I want to make, and can I grow a few different varieties of potatoes in a garden this summer. I always seem to find a way to push the important things out.
All this to say that I am thankful for writers that have a way of helping me to get started heading in the right direction. That direction is towards a real relationship. Now if I could just figure out how to get the same message from the Bible. I know its there.
Note: Don Miller has some really cool things to say about our relationship with God in "Searching for God Knows What." I think that I will read that again, also.