Me: Hey God, I’m back.
God: I never left your side. How was your first day back at work?
Me: Good. No rest though. No chance to ease into the day or work week. Right back into the pool.
God: That’s probably a good thing. You’re a much better person when you stay busy. I mean, you can get carried away at times, but I didn’t create you to be idle. I created you to do good things.
Me: Thanks for the reminder.
God: That’s what I’m here for; among other things. Hey, let’s get back to your big question. I think it was something like “why am I allowing 2020 to be such a train wreck?” or something like that.
Me: That’s a pretty good description. Yes, why?
God: Do you think I am enjoying what I see?
Me: No, of course not.
God: Are you wondering why I don’t just reveal a cure and let everyone get back to normal? I mean, come on; the “normal” that everyone wants to return to wasn’t all that special. I watch the news, too. It makes me sad.
Me: No, it’s not that. I know You have a divine plan and everything.
God: A “divine plan and everything.” Really? That’s the best you’ve got after all these years?
Me: No, no. Sorry, I didn’t mean that disrespectfully. I mean, I know I’m not going to be able to unpack that until I get to see You face to face. I have complete faith in Your divine plan.
God: Well, I gotta ask sometimes. You don’t always action like you have faith.
Me: Guilty as charged.
God: I forgive you. You know, I just love saying that.
Me: And, I love hearing it. Thanks. I’m just trying to see Your hand in all of this. Can You please help me out here?
God: Let me give it a shot … in language you’ll understand. 🙂
Me: Hey now!
God: Relax, just having a little fun. Now, back to your question. But first, I have a question for you.
Me: Okay …
God: What are My two greatest commandments?
Me: Phew, I know that one :-).
The first is “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.”
God: Good, and the second?
Me: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” That’s in Mark 12:30-31.
God: Correct again. And, recall the last thing Jesus says in verse 31: There is no commandment greater than these.
God: So ask yourself: How are you doing following those two “greatest” commandments?
Me: Me, personally?
God: Yes, you! Of course. But not just you.
How is your family doing? How are your friends, your community, the city of Austin, Texans, Americans, Europeans, Africans, … people of every tribe and every nation; how are they doing? How is your church doing? How is My church doing?
Me: Those are big questions, but I know the answer. It isn’t pretty. We screw up daily. All of us;
God: Look, remember. You’re saved. Jesus took care of that for you; but that’s not some kind of spiritual Get Out of Jail Free card. This isn’t Monopoly. It’s not a game. It’s about the salvation of the World.
Stop worrying about when Jesus is coming back and start acting like He might just come back tomorrow.
You gotta look out for each other. You gotta look after each other. And, you can’t leave me out to the equation or only involve me when its convenient for you.
All y’all are really missing the mark on those two commandments these days.
Love Me. Love Your Neighbor. It’s that simple.
Hey, do you remember the parable of the Good Samaritan? (Luke 10:25-37)
Me: Of course!
God: Good. What question prompted Jesus to share that parable? Do you recall? The expert asked Jesus “who is my neighbor?”
You might say he was looking for the loophole. Who can I get away without loving?
Sorry, Matt. No loophole here. Everyone is your neighbor.
Me: Well, dang. That’s kinda absolute.
God: Yes it is. I am very forgiving, but I am also rather absolute. It’s all part of the gig.
But look, it’s time for you to go to bed. Henry’s going to want to take walk in the morning; and you’re obligated. You don’t have a class at the gym to go to. It’s his turn. And, it will give us a good chance to continue this conversation.
Me: Thanks. Love.
God: Always have, always will. It is my nature.