Wednesday, March 23, 2011

How God Speaks To Me

"Can you hear God? I can't hear him..." George said sadly as we sat on the stairs talking about how God told Momma and Daddy to adopt George. I realized how difficult it is to explain to a child who God speaks to us.

God recently spoke to me again..this time He used the words of Timothy Keller from his book King's Cross.

"Jesus didn't have to die despite God's love; he had to die because of God's love. And it had to be this way because all life-changing love is substitutionary sacrifice.

Think about it. If you love a person whose life is all put together and has no major needs, it costs you nothing. It's delightful. There are probably four or five people like that where you live. You ought to find them and become their friend. But if you ever try to love somebody who has needs, someone who is in trouble or who is persecuted or emotionally wounded, it's going to cost you. You can't love them without taking a hit yourself. A transfer of some kind is required, so that somehow their troubles, their problems, transfer to you.

There are a lot of wounded people out there. They are emotionally sinking, they're hurting, and they desperately need to be loved. And when they are with you, you want to look at your watch and make a graceful exit, because listening to them with all their problems can be grueling. It can be exhausting to love an emotionally damaged person. The only way they're going to start filling up emotionally is if somebody loves them, and the only way to love them is to let yourself be emotionally drained. Some of your fullness is going to have to go into them, and you have to empty out to some degree. If you hold on to our emotional comfort and simply avoid those people, they will sink. The only way to love them is through substitutionary sacrifice."


Brooke said...

I LOVE Tim Keller! Great stuff.

Bear Creek Mama said...

Wow! What an amazing couple of insights and special gifts from the Fathee - these words and the sisters (timely testimony or what?)
He is so good....still praying for and with you. Thanks for sharing your glimpses of hope. May you continue to find the blessings as you walk. Be strengthened by them.