The good news about surfing is this: If you miss one wave, if you fall off, if you wipe out, there’s another wave coming right behind it. God just keeps sending them. He never runs out of waves. He’s like a wave machine.
- John Ortberg, God Is Closer Than You Think
For this week, I made a commitment to carve out time out of my everyday life cluttered with earthly preoccupations to just personally meet with God. Just Him and me.
Today, that happened to be in the form of reading the first chapter of this book which is basically about God’s great desire to be with us… Did you know that the most frequent promise in the Bible is “I will be with you”? It’s still a little too hard for me to grasp how and why God would want to be with me all the time, especially when He’s supposed to hold the entire world and all that He created in His hands. But I guess that suggests how small my view of Him is, and clearly that HAS to change! (Taken with Instagram)
“To discover God in the smallest and most ordinary things, as well as in the greatest, is to possess a rare and sublime faith.”
John Ortberg (God Is Closer Than You Think)
Not because it’s pleasant or happy or easy, but because this moment is the only moment you’ve got. Every past moment is irretrievably gone. It’s never coming back. If you live there, you lose your life.
And the future is always out there somewhere. you can spend an eternity waiting for tomorrow, or worrying about tomorrow. If you live there, you likewise will lose your life.
This moment is God’s irreplaceable gift to you. Most of all, this is the moment that matters because this moment is where God is. If you are going to be with God at all, you must be with him now—in this moment.
That is why the psalmist says, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
That is why the prophet says God’s mercies never fail because “they are new every morning.”
That is why the apostle Paul says, “Be very careful, then, how you live—-not as unwise but as wide, making the most of every opportunity.”
- John Ortberg (God Is Closer Than You Think)