For just a moment block everything else out of your mind. Forget the homework, the tension with your friends, the drama from your mama, and the areas where you feel the need to perform. Take a deep breath in, and take a deep breath out. Ahhhh! Don’t you feel better already? I want you to just think for a few minutes about God and his agenda for you as well as your agenda for you. It’s the time of year where we reset our agendas for the fall.
It is hard to go somewhere if you don’t know where you currently are. Last week I was headed out of town for a gathering at a friend’s house, and I knew it was going to be about an hour drive. It was in an area of town that I am completely unfamiliar with, so naturally I pulled out my phone and opened my GPS app. In order for the GPS to get me to my friend’s house, I had to first put in my “Current Location.” Once I typed in my current location, it asked me to fill in the “Choose Destination” line. After doing this, it showed up that I should be able to arrive in 43 minutes, and it gave me the quickest route to where I was headed along with a few heads up on traffic jams.
In our faith often times we want to reach a new level of faith or deal with our issue that we have been wrestling with and we know how to “Choose Destination.” We often forget to examine first our “Current Location.” Sometimes we are closer than we think. Sometimes we are much farther off than we think. So here is my question for you, where are you?
Where are you in your faith?
You cannot move forward if you don’t know where you are. You must have a starting point.
In Genesis 3, you find that in the beginning man and woman let their flesh get ahold of them.
They wanted the knowledge and the power. Unfortunately, they were much like us. They had trust issues with their creator. Unsure of whether He was holding back on them and if His word was true, they decided to partake of the fruit they were told was no good for them. Just like a kid told not to touch the burner on the stove, they tried it anyways. It leaves them feeling ashamed and running for cover.
It says in Genesis 3:8-9, “And they heard the [ a ] sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the [ b ] cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”
Did you catch that last part? They were hiding and God says, “Where are you?”
We all can get that the God of the universe knew where they were. This was not a game of hide and seek with a 5 year old giggling behind the curtains. These were grown adults. God was trying to get a peek behind the curtains of their heart and ask “Where are you?”
God’s position in your life has not changed. It remains the same. However, you may of changed. Are you hiding from Him? What is it that you want to tie fig leaves over to cover up?
Why do you do what you do? Is it to fit in with friends? Boredom? Because you miss that feeling you once had? Are you thirsty for a fresh word from God? Do you desperately need someone to partner with you in prayer over something? Is there something you have been refusing to talk about and you are hoping it will come up somewhere so you can finally talk about it?
Maybe you just need a good laugh and some chocolate. Where are you with the Lord?
Where are you?
Caroline Hare is assistant to the pastor for Ministry Coordination and the Next Generations pastor at Destin United Methodist Church. She can be reached at email@example.com.