Tonight we're back at the Granger Campus for a review of our first week of Experiencing God. Sheila and I worked on our daily steps all week and I've learned a few things I'll pass along to you.
Five Things I Learned This Week
1. Experiencing God is not a casual exercise. The one day I didn't carve out time, sit down and focus on taking the steps my workbook laid out was the day I didn't get around to doing the lesson, praying the prayers or memorizing scripture. I'm not going to drift into an experience of God. I must be intentional.
2. Experiencing God matters to me, but everything else attracts me (or distracts me) and I'm easily pulled off course. The routine of a daily process is difficult for me.
3. The beauty that should point me to God can shield me from God. As with the picture above, I'm capable of looking at the remarkable butterfly rather than seeing its beauty as a sign of God's presence. God's creation is so amazing, intricate and glorious that people are capable of focusing on the magnificence of what God made rather than seeing creation as a sign pointing to the Creator.
4. It's a good thing there are 5 lessons each week instead of 7. I love the flexibility provided by a "5-days-out-of-7" schedule. If I was attempting a lesson each and every day of the week (for 12 weeks) I would have failed in the journey already.
5. This is making me a better husband. I love the conversations I'm having with Sheila. Doing this 12-week adventure together is wonderful. As we experience God together we're being drawn closer to each other. During this initial phase of "The New Normal" no one in Michiana needs to Experience God alone.
Romans 1:20a - For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made.