Ch 9--- I cringe whenever someone refers to our move to Seattle as an ‘obedience to God’s calling’. That isn’t to say that I don’t see value in the phrase ‘God’s calling’ at all, because I do. I understand that God ‘calls’ us to love our neighbor, and to actively take part in the world’s redemption, etc. Those are big callings but there’s fluidity and autonomy. And the inverse of not being obedient to these callings is loneliness, and selfishness, and greed, and lust. Which, I believe, is what the scholars call Hell.
But as a writer who is picky about semantics and words, the phrase ‘being obedient to God’s calling’ in regards to specific decisions such as moving to Seattle, makes me want to hyperventilate. Life and Purpose are hard enough for me to navigate without fear of wildly screwing it all up. Let alone the added stress of having to decipher if The Almighty Creator of the Universe called me to Seattle in an official capacity. And if He didn’t, then that must mean I heard wrong, which then brings on all sorts of holy panic: .
Did I screw up the redemption of the world because I misinterpreted the signs and signals and moved anyways? If He didn’t call me to Seattle then am I being disobedient by being here? And if so, then where else is a Seattle-loving sinner like me supposed to be instead? .
To that anxious spiral of madness I say, “no thanks.” Clay and I both agree that we did not move because God called us or told us to. We are not here following orders. I think that’s okay–– every decision does not need to come with a lightning bolt.
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Jim Rohn’s popular theory that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with was obviously written before the creation of Instagram. The vast network of friendships that have been formed since Instagram’s inception is nothing short of extraordinary. I have always been a firm believer in fate and that we are led to people for reasons unknown. The artist, Michálle Sessions @mmsessionsart is one of those beautiful souls that I have been immeasurably blessed to have formed a spiritual bond. Her ethereal paintings are beautiful, only to be matched by her inspiring and tender heart. She is always uplifting, inspirational, devotional and full of grace and hope. In my view Mr. Rohn’s famous quote is one that needs to be slightly revised. We are influenced by a much vaster network of friends that we may not have physically met, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been influential. Although physical meetings would be my first choice, hearts and souls can meet in a variety of other ways. Thank you Michálle, and so many others, for being among those influential friends that transcend physicality and expand far beyond numbers. And thank you @hannahbrencher for your always poetic wisdom. Here’s to friends supporting friends, whether in person or from afar. #influence#waymorethanfive#whoiscounting#grateful#friends#support#moderndaypenpals#connections#hearttoheart#kismet#takecareofthem#givelove#nofakerscreatorsonly
If I fly with wings into the shining dawn, you’re there! If I fly into the radiant sunset, you’re there waiting! Wherever I go, your hand will guide me; your strength will empower me. It’s impossible to disappear from you or to ask the darkness to hide me, for your presence is everywhere, bringing light into my night. Psalm 139 #HeartTOHeart#GodWithUs