From the Archives : Seeing and Receiving


Originally Posted on January 6, 2012

I just had a great conversation with a friend on the phone. She got very real with me about how she is feeling towards God. Her relationship with God has been based in knowledge and trying to shift that to a heart relationship has been difficult. To make the transition to an authentic, living, dynamic relationship to God has had her stuck more times than she cares to recount. Today, she found herself in that stuck place where the frustration and hopelessness became palpable. The conversation turned towards finding her next right step. It was a discussion about taking the complexity of faith, theology, and religion and finding a way to make it very simple. Simple steps that can be taken one at a time, one day at a time, that will bring transformation.

The way we think about God can affect the way we interact with Him, the way we perceive him, and the way we connect to Him. The simplicity of changing the way we see God can have a profound impact on the way we connect to Him. I challenged my friend to start seeing God in her every day. I suggested that it is His goodness that brings goodness into our lives. When our spouse loves us unconditionally, it’s God’s love that provides that gift. If our relationships are peaceful and harmonious, it’s God’s peace that enables that situation. If we can see the goodness, love, joy, and peace in our lives as God’s attempt to connect with us, show Himself to us, and be in relationship with us…it will profoundly alter the way we see Him.

When we can see Him as good, generous, kind, loving, peaceful, caring, nurturing, and loving, we can actually receive the gifts and goodness He wants to give us every day. The simplicity of seeing God in a way that is true to His character can help move us towards receiving the good things He wants to bring into our lives!

Do you find yourself stuck in relation to God? Does the frustration and hopelessness ever overwhelm you? How do you see God these days? How can you take small steps to seeing His goodness around you?

2 thoughts on “From the Archives : Seeing and Receiving

  1. Hey Lisa. Waiting on God for our next ministry opportunity can take it’s toll. It’s frustrating to want to get on with great things but having to be patient for God’s timing.

    Also, this is the primary topic of the book I am writing that is featured on my blog. Like you’ve written, there are steps we can take that are informed by our view of God. That’s why it’s so important to continue to learn as much about him as we can. It leads to the fulfilling life he has designed for us.

    • Dave, thanks for your response. I think waiting on God, regardless of the situation, is one of the most challenging things we face. Whether it’s an addict waiting on God to free them, a mother waiting on God to heal her child, an employee waiting on God to give direction, or any countless situations we find ourselves in daily…waiting on God is a challenge! I agree with you that continuing to learn as much as we can about Him is vitally important to our journeys! Good luck with the book! 🙂

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