22 comments on “Naked Before God and the Wonder of it All

  1. There is another way: pray for total reconciliation, pray to God to forgive everyone who has ever abused or neglected you from birth to the present, pray to have all bitterness and resentment removed from your heart, watch everything be taken from you (home, income, savings, credit, credibility, friends, possessions, reputation, etc., and start over with nothing left but your awareness of God’s presence.

    It’s amazing how well that works.

  2. I have had a very hard life, Don. I describe some of it in my earlier blogs … the ones listed across the top of my 5022 page. I have come very close to giving up and stepping off the stage…several times.

    I am now 60 and life is finally good. I am hoping God approves of how I am trying to act as an ambassador for Christ in the ministry of reconciliation to Him and that He will allow me to live this way a little longer.

  3. O Lord, our Lord,
    How excellent is Your name in all the earth,
    Who have set Your glory above the heavens!

    2 Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
    You have ordained strength,
    Because of Your enemies,
    That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.

    3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
    The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
    4 What is man that You are mindful of him,
    And the son of man that You visit him?
    5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
    And You have crowned him with glory and honor.

    6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands;
    You have put all things under his feet,
    7 All sheep and oxen—
    Even the beasts of the field,
    8 The birds of the air,
    And the fish of the sea
    That pass through the paths of the seas.

    9 O Lord, our Lord,
    How excellent is Your name in all the earth! (Psalm 8)

  4. So, the deep theological approach to total exposure before God begins with the cliche to stop and smell the roses? Okay. I’m good with that. I have some roses in my front yard that too often seem inconvenient, thorny, rubbing the window noisily, and difficult to prune (see prior thorn reference). What if I looked at them with the wonder their Creator intended? What if there was a lesson in the thorns I’ve been too irritated to learn? Perhaps it’s time to wonder about flowers again.

    • Matt, I only wish I knew a way to take all three of your comments and have them show up together, as I just read them. My reply to the first two would be: Is there a larger context? (to the first one, and Is there a larger context? to the second one and to this one…?

      Yes, that’s exactly right: stop and smell the roses!

      When I took algebra in school, I had a very hard time with it because I couldn’t see why they made us learn it; “what is it used for?” I asked over and over, and nobody would tell me the answer; they just told me to sit down and shut up. I resented being forced to take it because if they couldn’t or wouldn’t tell me what it was for, then I decided they were just wasting my time!

      As a result, I was really asking all of the wrong questions, because I would not have faith in my teachers that they knew what they doing, and algebra was an unnecessary struggle for me. Oh, for the record, I still got an “A” but I had to work at it.

      I missed the big picture.

      With God, we let ourselves get tangled up in the details, in little questions and little contexts, but when we see the big picture by seeing the larger context, we also see the answers to the little questions, the little details that hang us up.

      Wonder IS the big picture, both here and in 1 John.

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  6. Don,

    First I want to say a sincere thank you. I have read many of your posts off and on and just came across this series. It is such a God timing thing that I happened to see it now in the spiritual season a I am currently in. This particular post in the series so far is the exact answer to a question I have been asking for months now. I have been asking and speaking to the Lord about my walk with Him. My Fire is still lit but I have been at a place of “Father God, I know there is so much more to You that is not being taught or preached. What is it? Father God, I want the next level of deeper intimacy with You but I’m not sure how to get there. How do I get there?” Those have been the cries of my heart. This post answers that. Regain the wonder to learn humility/vulnerability.

    What a step this is for me. I came to this post because during those months of me asking these I have been seeking and searching for the answers; through the Word, videos, and posts like this. Here I am reading about “nakedness” in the Bible which I have previously received a spiritual download through the story of Zacchaeus. This information goes along with that. Thank you for being obedient to Holy Spirit and allowing our Lord to use you to feed us.

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