Tuesday, May 12, 2009

What does a relationship with God mean to you?

"Carreen had very little to say these days as she moved, delicate and wraith-like, about the tasks which were within her strength. She prayed a good deal, for when Scarlett Came into her room without knocking, she always found her on her knees by her bed. The sight never failed to annoy her, for Scarlett felt that the time for prayer had passed. If God had seen fit to punish them so, then God could very well do without prayers. Religion had always been a bargaining process with Scarlett. She promised God good behavior in exchange for favors. God had broken the bargain time and again, to her way of thinking, and she felt that she owed Him nothing at all now. And whenever she found Carreen on her knees when she should have been taking an afternoon nap or doing the mending, she felt that Carreen was shirking her share of the burdens."
- Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell

For me, i can't say that my relationship with God has ever felt like a bargaining process. It's interesting where we get our ideas of God from & how it affects every single aspect of our life. i remember after losing Caleb, being in the hospital & a pastor came to see me. i didn't know what i was supposed to say to him & he didn't know what to say to me, so he just kept asking, 'Are you angry with God? It's ok if you're feeling angry with Him...' & honestly, the thought had not even crossed my mind...

1 comment:

mamalena said...

Yes....reminds you of Job's wife...and Job's perfect reply.

"Job 2:10  But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips."

All things are of God, and by receiving them as such...we learn to trust Him in every situation.


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