Dear one that I love who lives far away in a new place,
I was praying for you this morning. I remembered how I felt when I first got to college and didn’t know anyone. I remembered having alot of time to think about my life and talking to God about it as I walked around campus. A time of sadness and soul searching turned into a time of spiritual renewal/re-birth for me. I didn’t understand it all at the time- I just remember praying, like, “God if you’re out there, then show me what it means to live your way”- kind of a prayer. Almost immediately I found a Christian fellowship group that became my friend group for the rest of college.
I discovered more and more a kind of conversational prayer with God- that wasn’t just me talking to myself, but a connection with God who listens and loves.
I still have times when I feel distant from God. Even as I prayed for you I thought about how I still feel alone sometimes. How I feel that way today. I asked myself again, what does it mean to be a friend of God?
I picked up my phone and asked Google. Ha! I found this article: http://www1.cbn.com/churchandministry/radical-christians%3A-friends-of-god-movement
After I read it I thought, to the extent that I don’t know what being a friend of God means I’m not living as we humans were created to live.
I’m not. I’m not living the way I am meant to live, not yet. As I prayed ..I prayed that you (and I) would know the presence of a comforting God. Because I have experienced God in that way. I thought about what I said yesterday, pointing to the spiritual in a vague way. It doesn’t really help to point to God in a vague way. It’s better to sense something real, concrete, personal- calling to you. Waiting for an answer. Men and women throughout the ages have discovered what it means to be a friend of God. Real people, like me, at their core, but yes living in different circumstances. The German friends of God, living in a time when only people with means could purchase their own copy of Scripture. And now everyone on the planet can read it for free with an app on their phone.
What does it mean to be “radically committed to living in intimate relationship with the Lord?” Why write about that if its not possible?
” I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”