A Special Gift To Me

I have been deeply touched and humbled by your response to my talks these last two Sunday's from Psalm 126 and Psalm 62. My desire is to teach Biblical truth in a way that speaks to everyday life while living transparently among you with my spiritual journey. Finding language to describe something as deeply personal as the ways God has shaped you is challenging. And transparency always feels risky. Your response reminds me (again) that its worth the risk. God's power is best displayed through the imperfection of these clay pots of ours (see II Corinthians 4:7; 12:9-10).

I was also reminded in a humorous way that you really are listening. After my talk yesterday quite a few of you mentioned to me that I said there were "three signposts" that mark the change in my  journey toward trusting God... 'but you only mentioned two". It was even the first thing Verna said to me when I sat down after my talk! It was really a test to see if anyone was paying attention.

So here are all three signposts in the same place...

  • I pay closer attention to my emotions...because my spiritual health is not only connected to what I intellectual believe but what I emotionall embrace
  • I pay closer attention to my spiritual habits...because busyness hinders my awareness of God's presence in my life and limits my capacity to see faith work
  • I pay closer attention to the character of God...because He is safe, secure and my source of hope and honor

You also asked for the quote my friend gave me that started me down the patthway where I learned to rest in God's provision for me. Here it is as well...

“The way of trust is a movement into obscurity, into the undefined, into ambiguity, not into some predetermined, clearly delineated plan for the future. The next step discloses itself only out of a discernment of God acting in the desert of the present moment.The reality of naked trust is the life of a pilgrim who leaves what is nailed down, obvious, and secure, and walks into the unknown without any rational explanation to justify the decision or guarantee of the future.” .

(Ruthless Trust, by Brennan Manning)

 

Thank you for your responsiveness. It's a great gift to a teacher. I will be away with my family in North Carolina the next two Sunday's. Artie and Mike will continue this summer series in the Psalms. You will be blessed as they share their stories with you. They will be blessed by your gift of responsiveness.

 

Fighting for your hearts,

 

Gary Franklin