Do you wanna know one of the things that I love most about God?
This is gonna sound stupid if you’re one of those confident people. Always self-assured, never-self doubting.
I’m not, (deep inhale) but here it is, one of my most favorite things about God.
I love his human side.
That yeah, he is sovereign and good and righteous and all of those things.
But he’s also so down to earth.
Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.
Philippians 2:5-8 (The Message)
I read this and instantly I think of all the things I should be.
But then I realize, I’m totally missing the point.
I’m glossing over all of the humanness that he is.
He gets it.
He knows what it is to be human.
To breathe, to feel, to ache, to laugh, to love.
There is this amazing God which we love to canonize, immortalize, and worship but we’ve sucked all of the relatability out of who God is.
I’m guilty too.
I get caught up in the supernatural stuff.
And yeah all of that is important too, but never as important as knowing this part of who he is.
I mean, aren’t there times when you want, no need, to come to God as a friend.
Not approaching him as the Supreme Being of the Universe (echo, echo, echo).
And sometimes not even as a Father.
But just as a friend.
He wants that too.
The God who holds worlds in his hands, can change the course of history with a breath, is raising the dead and healing people even as I type this, has a very secret part of him that wants to just be known. Not for what he can give, but for who he is.
How many of us can say that we know God?
We know about him and his ache to save humanity.
We’ve seen what he can do.
And how he can change a life.
But when was the last time we just sat and chatted with him like an old friend.
Not wanting anything.
Not wanting anything but just to be with him.
I heard P. Diddy in an interview one time talk about feeling lonely.
He said that when you are rich and famous – people stop seeing you for you.
Only for what you can give.
Right now, there is a war between an overgrowth of dreams and the relationship that sustains them.
And if we’re honest, couldn’t we say we want our dreams more than we want to be with God.
I know we all want answers to our prayers and direction for the next steps in life.
And the frustration is palpable.
But God knows we need those things – he’ll give them when it’s time.
But for now – in this moment, it’s a season of just being with a friend.
Not for what he can give but for who he is.
I don’t think I’ve ever heard a song sum up all of this as well as Jen Johnson does. I’ve got it linked at 3:39 but really, the whole song is right where I’m at. Check it out.
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