Monday, January 05, 2009
Walking with God
I’m still sick. This is a very strong virus. I ach and sweat. I spent the whole day in bed. Poor Juergen had the 5 kids to manage alone. He is doing an impressive job. I came down stairs to eat. He had them well organized. Sarah set the table, Thomas cleaned up after breakfast and Philip was outside sweeping the snow from the sidewalks. Yes, we got snow. I’m sure it’s beautiful, but I’m too sick to go out side. Instead, I downloaded a new audible book called “Walking with God” by John Eldridge. It’s a series of stories about how to hear the voice of God. I’m probably stuck at least one more day in bed. I might as well make good use of the time. Jessica is sick too. She came up to my room and is sleeping next to me. She loves my fireplace. I always have to turn it on (it's electric) when she is here. John Eldridge asks the question “what kind of relationship would you have if there was no communication?" He outlines many of the times God communicated with man in the Bible. He then says that the Bible was meant to be a book of examples, not exceptions. It is not God communicated with exceptional people, but he doesn’t do that anymore. No, we were meant to communicate with God. Jessica can not talk. It’s so sad that I can not know the deepest things in her heart. But she does communicate with me. She pointed to the fireplace. I turned it on. She smiled her sweet smile, and fell into a peaceful sleep. She looks so happy and so safe. We have a relationship without words. I’ve walked with God for over 30 years. He communicates with me too. I think the biggest challenge is just slowing down to listen.