January 11, 2013
The shabby looking guy at the side of the road seemed so alone and the stormy weather was getting worse, so against his better judgment Conner stopped and picked up the hitchhiker. Down the road a bit they pulled in for coffee and talked…about travels, jobs, and personal stuff.
Conner was attracted to his collection of necklaces dangling and dancing around his neck. They were simple chains with noticeable pendants. One had a cross, another a purplish crystal, one an Islamic crescent, and another a Star of David. They hung around his neck like a symbol for a Multiple Identity Syndrome. While Conner was staring at the collection, the hitchhiker put down his coffee and asked, “So how do you connect with God?”
…And, a conversation became a divine appointment.
It’s a great question: How do you connect with God?
I have read about Him for years, I listen for His voice, watch Him work wonders, and look for His fingerprints. I have a calling to collect the stories of God encounters from around the world. I talk to Him in the dark, on the road, and on my mobile device along the way (His number is never busy and as yet, I have found no dead spots).
Is God his first or last name?
I have a friend who thinks God’s last name is “Damnit.” Not me, I believe in the God of creation, the God who invented life on this planet, the God of Bible fame. He’s the God who originated truth and science and art and passion. You may have heard him called Yahweh, Adonai, or El-Shaddai, Jesus called him father or dad, I call Him “My God,” not in a possessive way, or in the causal OMG way, but in a “we share the same Spirit” kind of way.
What do you know about Jesus?
Ordinary people on the streets of New York City, Denver, and Nashville were asked a simple question: “What do you think about Jesus?” Answers…
“He’s a white guy with a beard.”
“A friend of mine from Puerto Rico.”
“The Son of God.”
“Definitely not the guy who cuts my lawn.”
“He was jewish.”
“Lord and Savior.”
“I don’t know, but I think he’s really important.”
It begins with a book, but it doesn’t end there.
Dig into the Bible. Read, research, analyze, study, and apply, but don’t stop there. Faith comes by hearing, by knowing the information written in the pages of the Bible, but those words are just the beginning. Don’t stop at the starting blocks…God’s still writing new chapters to His story… He is writing about you…