THE CHRISTIAN WALK, The Simple Life

Living It Out Differently


Image Courtesy of Wilson Mrema Kyalo
Image Courtesy of Wilson Mrema Kyalo

Hi Daddy
Hi love, all good?
Errmmmm…not sure.
why?What’s up?
I’ve been thinking a lot
About?
Our conversations
And?
Your perspectives are really odd
My perspectives? I thought we were on the same page…
Tihihihi…sometimes I wonder
About what?
My life, my thoughts, my patterns…everything
What about them?
Just how different it things are
Like how different?
Well, the other day I had was heading home on my usual route
Usual route?
Yes usual route
Had you asked God about the route?
About the route?

Yes, whether indeed that was the way you were to get home
Of course, but why do you ask?
Simple really, you said usual route, so you could have just been doing the usual instead of the appointed.
Mmmhhh, hadn’t thought about that.

Jean was lost in thought for a few moments before Daddy restarted his line of inquisition
Ok, so you were coming home
Yes, I was coming home & it begun raining very heavily, I got stranded and wet as I waited for it stop. I was totally shocked because God & I have a deal about me getting wet
A deal?
Yes, we have a deal that whatever happens I don’t get rained on
Why? Will you dissolve?
Daaady! Surely!!! Of course not
So why was that deal in place?
It just is and has been for a long time. Does every deal need a purpose?
Of course…God’s covenants always have a reason and intended outcome or end. By the way, I’m assuming that by deal you mean covenant with God
Mmhhhh yes, covenant with God. Somehow here is another one I hadn’t really thought about
You must think through everything, be certain that everything is in the right position and attitude and is connected directly to His scheme of things
Don’t I ever get a day off?
Nope, always on duty…. So you were saying?

Image courtesy of Wilson Mrema Kyalo
Image courtesy of Wilson Mrema Kyalo

Oh yeah, it started raining when I was past the bus stops that have shelters so I got drenched. That day the rain caught me unaware so I had no umbrella, no car, a light sweater and materials that would get spoilt if they got wet. I was so worked up that I was complaining and asking God why He’d allowed this to happen to me. His simple answer was, ‘Why not you?’
Indeed, why not?
For real…Even you?
Even me what?
You agree with God’s question?

Yes.
Why?
Well, it’s really simple to me, the question I ask is why should you be missed & another one hit? What should protect you from things that are hard?
Until He asked that question, I felt that I should be exempt from hardship and struggle. That I should be protected and kept away from bad things
Why?
Because I am His child
So?
Really daddy?

Really! So?

As my father, wouldn’t you protect me from all hardship?
Not really!
What? Surely Daddy…why?
Hardship is good for you
Excuse me? What is that?
I said hardship is good for you.
Pray do tell… How is hardship good for me?

It forces you to grow and find God in a deeper and richer relationship. It refines you and removes the dross from the finished product. It’s just good for you. Plain and simple!

So you wouldn’t protect me from it?
Nope, in fact I just might push you into it nose first

For real?

Yup!

Image courtesy of Wilson Mrema Kyalo
Image courtesy of Wilson Mrema Kyalo

What kind of father would you be?
Honestly? The best kind! The  kind who makes sure his children succeed & stand on their own feet & change the world around them.
Heh! Ok…
Let me ask, is God a bad Father because He allowed you to get wet?
No.
Why?
There was a lesson.
What was the lesson?
That He is everywhere and with me no matter the situation.
Could He have used another way to teach the same lesson?
Yes
So why the wettest, coldest way?
I don’t know
That’s the point, as your Father He chooses the best way to teach you the lesson & it’s rarely in your preferred way.
What happens if I get upset & pout?
Oh, the situation persists till the life lesson is learnt.
WHAT???
Yup! He knows what you need for the journey & He has to prepare you or you’ll die in the process.
And you’d do the same?
Absolutely! How many times have I told you something and when you ignore I let you feel the pain of it?
Several.
Let me add, I also pray that God would orchestrate things that you may learn
You do?
Yup.
So hardship could be coming my way because of you?
Remember I said I would push you into hardship nose first if it’d help you?
Yes.
So which do you think I pray: Lord protect her from trouble OR Lord help her grow in you?
Lord help her grow….

Image courtesy of Wilson Mrema Kyalo
Image courtesy of Wilson Mrema Kyalo

Absolutely true. think of it like this…When your child is learning to walk, you hold their hand but at times you also let them fall right?
Yes!

When they fall, you pick them up dust them off and encourage then to try again. Sometimes when they make themselves fall to get your attention you turn away and let them get themselves together first…right?

Yes.
So how different is that from me praying that you grow even if it’s through a bit of trouble?
Silence
I will always give you what you need to grow. It could be a hug, scolding, a beating, distance, silence… whatever you need from me trust me you will get. It may not be what you want, but it will always be what you need.

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Be honest with yourself, do you expect an easy life because you serve God? It’s not to be, however, in this walk His is in us, with us and around us all the way.

Don’t lose sight of Him, He loves you dearly. Blessings.

THE CHRISTIAN WALK

Living It Out Regardless


Jean found Daddy seated in the living room just after the guests had left for the day.

Image Courtesy of Judy Niemeyer
Image Courtesy of Judy Niemeyer

Hi Daddy,

Hi dear

Can I ask you a question?

Sure!

What do I do on poor me days
What are those? The incredulous look on his face made it clear he didn’t understand her
Those are the days I’m feel sad and low
Like when?
The first day we spoke
You get up & do life
But I’m hurting & discouraged
So?
I don’t have energy
So?
I just want to sleep
So?
What do I do?
Get up and do life!
What does that mean?
Do whatever it is God has asked you to do
But He’s not speaking
Really? Is it Him not speaking or you so lost in yourself that you can’t hear Him?
Silence

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Image Courtesy of Judy Niemeyer

I’ll ask again, Is it Him not speaking or you are so lost in yourself that you can’t hear Him?
I don’t know
You need to find out.
How?
How do you normally hear from God?
I pray
So what’s different now?
I’m feeling low & sad
So?
I don’t feel like praying
And how does that help your life?
What do you mean?
How does not feeling like praying help your life? Does life get better or worse?
Worse
Why?
Because I don’t know what to do
So how does feeling bad & not praying help you?
It doesn’t
So get up and pray
But I don’t feel like
That’s besides the point really. In that state you are in, what do you need to do?
Feel better
Girl, I didn’t ask what you need to feel, I asked, what do you need to do?
Isn’t it the same thing?
No it’s not
If it’s not then I don’t know

How was he going to help this not so little girl understand that this walk is less about feelings and more about doing the will of God.
Let me be simple…You need to be sure that God is God regardless of where you are, how you feel or don’t feel and the

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Image Courtesy of Judy Niemeyer

circumstances surrounding you
He is God!
Really?
Yes
So why are you ungrounded by a difficult time?
I don’t know I just am

That’s my precise point. If indeed He is God regardless of everything, even when you didn’t feel like praying or doing something you would do it because He has asked you to do it.

That sounds like being a robot

Hahahahaha…not really. It is called living it out regardless. When we walk with God, there will indeed be days when thigns aren’t going according to the plan that we will need to get past. Remember the story of Job?

Yes

The deceiver asked for permission to test him and so God took the hedge away

Yes

He lost everything that was worth living for in his day, his children, wealth, house, livelihood and even his health

Yes

His friends encouraged him to curse God and die

Yes

His wife foolishly decried God and encouraged him to do the same

Yes

Did he?

No

Was he hurting from all the loss and suffering?

Probably

So why didn’t he deny or curse God and die?

I don’t know…

Daddy saw right through her…Jean didn’t want to say the wrong thing so she evaded the question

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Image Courtesy of Judy Niemeyer

Ok, let me put it another way, could he have wanted to forget God and just lash out at Him?

Yes

But he didn’t?

No

Any guess why?

He still believed in the supremacy of God?

Absolutely! It wasn’t easy for him at the beginning but Job must have got to the place where God was the only one he knew as reliable so he chose to serve God regardless.

So it was a choice?

Absolutely!

Mmmmmmh…so he decided in his heart that no matter what happened there was more to this story than met the eye and he would trust God?

Now you are getting it.

So I must also decide in my heart that I must do the same?

Yes.

Will it be easy?

Nope! Remember how you were feeling earlier? Did it feel good?

No!

Yet, that is the best time to understand what you truly believe. Do you trust God only when things are going your way or do you trust every part of his plan? Are you able to understand that everything we walk through is part of the divine plan and is for our good?

It’s so hard

Only at first

What do you mean only at first?

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Image Courtesy of Judy Niemeyer

The first time God creates room for you to go through something and you do, you begin to realise that everything can either lead you to or away from Him. Once you realise that you must choose which way to lean. Do you remain trusting Him only when things are good or do you trust Him regardless?

I have a choice?

Absolutely! Remember that the choice you make determines how your life unfolds. Chose to believe and your faith with be solid strong and unshakeable. Choose to doubt Him when it is hard and your faith will be as weak as a house of straw. You must decide.

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It’s nothing to do with a perfect life… It has all to do with peace in the midst of the storm… Sleeping in the boat like Jesus #Rest @dorieclaire