Me: Hey God!
God: Well, hello stranger. It’s been a while since you last chronicled one of our conversations for your blog.
Me: I can’t deny that. But, it’s not like we haven’t been talking.
God: Daily? Even when you don’t need or want something? Just to chat? Maybe run your ideas by Me? Keep Me at the center of your life? When you get busy, you often forget about me, you know.
Me: Yep. Guilty as charged. I’m sorry.
God: I forgive you. You know I just love saying that …. I forgive you. It just makes me smile.
Me: It makes me smile, too. Cuz, I know I need that forgiveness. More often than I ask for it.
So anyway, churches are getting ready to hold in-person services again soon.
God: You gonna go? To the in-person services, I mean.
Me: I don’t think so. Not for a while at least. I have to admit, I am torn about this.
God: Do tell.
Me: Well, it seems to me that a lot of the people most eager to get back in the pews are also the folks who aren’t taking the COVID situation very seriously.
God: Is that really a fair statement on your part? Sounds kind of judgmental to me. Remember, judging is My job. Your job is to love
Me: Yeah, there is also a lot of sincerity there as well.
I miss the fellowship of worshiping together, too. But I have family around me, so I get some fellowship. I feel very badly for the those folks who live alone and don’t have family or a large circle of friends around them. Particularly the older folks.
God: So what are you going to do about it? I do want you to always look out for those less fortunate that you. Check in on people who you know would appreciate a call or a visit; even if that visit is via Zoom. Share what you have. So grace, love and courtesy.
Look, there is going to be limited seating at churches. Maybe you staying home and worshiping online for the team being will give those folks who need the community interaction more than you do that chance to be in fellowship. As long as you stay in worship, you’ll know when will be the right time for you to return to in-person worship. I’ll let you know. How does that sound?
Me: Sounds like a good plan to me.
God: You know, you are very fortunate, Matt. You are richly blessed.
Me: I get that … more and more every day. I just wish I acted more grateful … daily. I try. I really do. I usually feel like I fall short. I get selfish.
God: You do. And, you are selfish. You’re a sinner, remember. You all sin and fall short of My glory. My words not yours. But, you also try.
What’s that song lyric? “I get knocked down, but I get up again, you’re never gonna keep me down …”
Okay, It’s not a hymn or a spiritual, but it’s fun and a catchy tune. I like that chorus, but I’m not a fan of the verse. But I digress.
Look, you get knocked down … every day. But, you get up again. Why are they never gonna keep you down? Because you are Mine. I love you. And I have wondrous things planned for you. You have no idea!
Me: I do like that song – particularly when I am at the gym in a Spin class. It makes me smile. And, You make me smile when You say You have big plans for me. Wanna clue me in?
God: Matt, look around you. You are doing some wondrous things everyday when you treat people with kindness, respect and love. Things don’t have to be big to be wondrous.
Sure, you are making mistakes along the way too, but you are doing some wondrous things. Things that make me smile.
Remember, when people encounter you, I want them to see Me in your actions and reactions; in your behavior; in the way you treat people … all people; in the way to take care of yourself and your family. So, take care of yourself, your family and those I put in your path every day. Let My light shine through you.
Just keep doing that, and know that every time you get knocked down, I will be there to help you back up again. As long as you stick with Me, no one’s gonna keep you down.
God: But remember, I never promised that you won’t ever get knocked down. You are going to experience troubles and difficulties. Everyone does.
But, no one’s gonna keep you down.
Oh bother. Now I have that song stuck in my head again.
Me: Good luck with that. I hate it when that happens. Love you. Talk soon.
God: :-). Love you, too. Forever and always.