Saturday, February 09, 2008

The God Who Runs

Times when God runs [moves fast]:

  • To meet the prodigal who decides to come home. "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him, felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him, and kissed him" (Luke 15:20).
  • To rescue his anointed from his enemies. "He rode upon the cherub and flew; and he sped upon the wings of the wind" (Psalm 18:10).
It's a question of pace. In what situations does God's Spirit race? Not strive, or rush in a panic, but race swiftly with power, like the jet stream?

I'm curious to learn more about what it means to live fast and intimately connected with Christ. It seems to me that connection & intimacy isn't a matter of fast or slow, but rather keeping pace with the Spirit. As a contemplative, I'm more familiar with the slower, unforced easy rhythms of God's Spirit. It is my natural (and preferred) turf--to meet with God in the sacred, unhurried spaces of his heart. But what of the quickness of God? What is it to be connected to God in the midst of his speed? And what prompts him to quicken his effect, to run?

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