I love long car rides because they give me and God some good time together. Today I had about an hour and a half drive up north to meet with a friend for lunch. I downloaded some podcasts from Jonathan Martin at Renovatus Church. Anytime I’m going to be in the car alone for longer than 20 minutes, you can bet I’m attending my “podcast” church. I love Jonathan Martin’s preaching and I’m always nodding my head and “amening” as I’m driving along my merry way. Today was no exception.
The message I was listening to today was about prayer and just really telling God how you feel. It was about giving God a gut level response. Just right were you’re at, tell God how you feel about it. Don’t pretty it up, don’t assume that have to “be” a certain way. Just tell him. Even if it involves the raw emotion we all so desperately try to suppress. It was a good message and I was reminder that God wants us just as we are. We can just be us. What a blessing and what freedom!
So after listening to this message, I felt like God and I should have a good talk. I often pray in the car, so this is nothing new to me. I didn’t feel the need to shout or yell. I just wanted to talk. I wanted him to know how grateful I am for his goodness. His love has been so unfailing in my life. 2012 has been hard year for me in a lot of ways, but he has been faithful to use each moment for my good. Without the hard stuff, I would never have had to rely on him in this way. Without the hard stuff, I would never know this closeness that I now feel with him. The Lord has been my rock, my song, my joy. So even at the end of a hard week, all I could was say thank you and again tell him, I trust his plan over my own.
The drive up north to lunch was a holy one. It’s moments like this when I can say I had church in my car. Nothing like a good message and time spent at the alter. Now I did focus on the road and I did make it to my destination safely. So no worries there! Lunch with my beloved friend, Maggie, is always a special treat. She’s been with me through so many of life’s ups and downs and yet again, I am overwhelmed with thankfulness. Her friendship is just another blessing of the Lord. He has given me such loving people to do life with.
God is so good! I am unworthy and so thankful! His grace is more than enough for each moment! I don’t know what else to say other than I am blown away.