My friend Darby recently had a post where she asked all of you out there to take her on a vacation with your words. I thought this was a marvelous idea (very creative Darby!), and a great way to learn some things about you. So, I am not going to ask you take me on a vacation and copy her completely, but I would like to pose a question that greatly interests me, and then hopefully learn more about you.
This past Sunday, our pastor spoke on Heaven. It was a great sermon, where he talked about how Christians have a grave misconception that heaven is a place of eternal boredom–an eternal church service in the sky. He said that God gave us all things that we love, and are good at. Things like going on an adventure, or writing, or painting…are healthy desires that He gave us, and intends for us to still enjoy for eternity. In trying to make this point he quoted a line from Chariots of Fire (which I have never seen), that struck a chord in me:
I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.
Did that give you chills? Did your mind run to something you do in life when you feel God’s pleasure? For me, it most definitely is not when I am running. I passed a girl running yesterday who maybe thought since I was wearing a matching running outfit like hers, I was a great runner. I am telling you the truth when I say she smiled so big at me I thought, “Wow, she must be feeling God’s pleasure even out in this sweltering heat.” I was just pushing through for those endorphins at the end of the run…Anyway, for some of you maybe it is running. For me, its writing. I have written about his before, so I won’t go on and on, but there are times when I am writing that words just start appearing on the paper. Those times when I read back over what I’ve written and wonder, “Did I think those thoughts?” Those moments when you know there is something bigger than you, working through you, and it creates a sense of pleasure unlike any other.
Maybe it was when you had a baby, or painted a picture, or taught a child…I don’t know, but I certainly am curious to learn. When do you feel God’s pleasure, and what does it feel like to you?