It happens often. I’m talking with a friend or with a patient. They say, “I just want to hear from God.”
I nod. I’ve heard God’s voice only once in my life that I can remember clearly. It had been a long week. I had worked on all kinds of pastoral stuff and then on Saturday I performed a wedding. Now it was Saturday night and I was trying to figure out what to teach in a class on Sunday morning.
And I was falling asleep.
So I turned off the light. “I quit” I said.
We have two half-flights of stairs in our house. As I was making the turn from one to the next, I heard a voice. “It’s okay, son. Go to sleep.”
I’m not sure it was out loud. I’m pretty sure Nancy didn’t hear it. But I did.
And in that moment, I knew it was okay to not know everything, to not be able to do everything. I knew that God was okay if I went to sleep.
There are three responses from God in the readings yesterday.
- In one, Job hears God say, “You aren’t God. I am.”
- In one, the disciples hear Jesus say, “You aren’t God, I am. But maybe not like you expected.”
- And in the third, Jesus hears God say, “You are God.”
Before we think about those messages from God, though, we need to think about the statements to God that preceded them.
- “God, I’m not sure what you are doing and I don’t like it.”
- “God, I want you to do what I tell you”
- “God, I will do what you want me to do.”
Those may sound familiar to you. They do to me. So we’ll look at them this week.
If you want to reflect, take a look.