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Is He Safe? No But He Is Good!

We had an amazing weekend.  Life continues to be crazy and busy.  Just when we start to get comfortable…God brings events and situations to challenge, stretch and grow us.  Following Christ is being asked to give all of yourself each and every day.

As I have reflected on walking with the Lord in the last few weeks and being obedient beyond what you can see,  I am reminded of a quote from the line in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.  Is God safe??  He is certainly NOT safe, but He is good.

“If you enter into a relationship with Him, there’s no way of predicting how it will turn out, or what He’ll ask you to give up. It might get to the point where continuing in the relationship feels like it is the toughest thing in the world (taking up the cross every day) because He asks you to die to yourself and give up everything to Him. He’s definitely not safe. At the same time, He’s good. He does not ask us to take up the cross without promising us a share in the resurrection. He might ask us to give Him everything, but He takes care of what is entrusted to Him. He cares only for our good; in some ways, that’s what makes Him so unsafe. He loves us too much to leave us imperfect (unless, of course, we choose to reject Him). It’s like what C.S. Lewis said in A Grief Observed: If God were sadistic, when we hurt we might actually feel better, because if we could just bribe Him enough, He would relent. If all we endure is for our own good, though, no amount of pleading will make it stop, just as no amount of pleading will make a good surgeon stop a life-saving operation.”

It is not safe to be a christian.  Not just because of the outward dangers than may befall us (ridicule, torture, death, etc) but safe implies being still, being comfortable. We are not to be comfortable. Once we get comfortable, we get complacent.  You will be surprised, because you will get what is GOOD and PERFECT for YOU, but it may not even be CLOSE to what you ever thought you WANTED….He is not safe, calm or neat…rather radical, messy, and AMAZINGLY Wonderful!

Will share more about our current journey in the coming months.  In the meantime we continue to press on and rest in the fact that He is indeed good and knows and loves us more than we could ever imagine!

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