Being With God

“Abide in me, and I in you.”
Jesus- John 15:4
Abide is not a word we often use.
In the Hebrew and Greek originals the most frequent use of abide is yashabh, “to dwell”; meno, “to remain.”
The KJV translates ‘meno as abide, most other translations use ‘remain.
Both definitions capture the meaning and the question of being with God.

In Christ, God has called us to be with Him. He has invited us into relationship. He wants us. But do we want to be with God?
Do we truly want Him?
Do we want to abide with him?

God moments sometimes come unexpectedly.
This morning after a busy weekend I finally had a few moments to sit down with a cup of coffee and read.
As I opened my Kindle I found this on my recommended reading page.
“Beloved Dust.”
The question “do we want to be with God “is from that book.
Sometimes God moments occur when you are not even looking for them.
I have gone through a long season of unsettledness.
There isn’t one specific area or thing, just an awareness something is off course, not what it should be.

The question “Do I want to be with God?”, brought to mind how busy I have been, and how little time I’ve spent with Him.
I do things for Him, I am aware of His presence, my life is lived as much as I know how, for Him.
But do I want to be with Him?
What does that look like in my life?

Maybe those question resonate with you.
Maybe the answers to those questions unlock a greater relationship with Him than we have ever known
More to come……




“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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