Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Purpose Driven Life...... .Week 2


Hello everyone, how are you all doing? How was your weekend and howz your week coming? hope great?
Okay, so i'm still reading the purpose driven life, and i've been having some AHA moments. This past week started with 'Being planned for God's pleasure' Revelation 4 vs 11 "You created everything, and it if for your pleasure that they exist and were created" and ended with 'When God seems distant' Hebrews 13 vs 5 "For God has said, "I will never leave thee; nor forsake thee.' "
I was actually wondering what pleasure it was that God created us for, when i started this chapter, 'cos my thought of pleasure is known to be enjoying the good things of life and it's necessities. But again, i was reminded that God isn't wood, he has emotions and also feels things very deeply. Hebrews 4 vs 15 "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." The same way we derive pleasure from various things, is the same way God derives pleasure from us mainly worshiping Him, and the author went ahead to explain that ANYTHING we do that brings pleasure to God is an act of worship. To me that was an AHA moment, 'cos i always thought worship to be just praising and exalting God. (still shows i've got a whole lot to learn in this walk with Him).
Another important point that the author talked about was " More than anything, God wants a relationship with us", and he termed it the most astouding TRUTH in the universe. Trust Rinsola to always ask questions for clarification and a better understanding. Rinsola: Why is this relationship with us so important?
God: How did you feel when you started dating?
Rinsola: Must we go there and through that route?
God: No we dont have to, but i want you to understand something. So answer my question.
Rinsola: Okay i felt so good.
God: Is that all? C'mmon get serious?
Rinsola: Okay. I always wanted to share something with him, i always looked forward to our conversation, and i enjoyed telling him stuffs, i was never fake with him. I would tell him everything 'cos he cared and he was always there for me, and made me feel i could tell him anything at anytime. He didn't make me feel like i was bugging him.
God: Hmn......... the dilligence you give to man, you don't give to me, you know?
Rinsola: Me, or everyone on earth?
God: We're talking about you here.
Rinsola: ha!, is that true? But thats not fair, i thought you were just asking me a question? Are you judging me now?
God: That's the truth, but no i'm not judging you, well not yet, but i would someday. My point is do you think he feels great when you make him feel like you are all about him, and that he secures you?
Rinsola: Well, i think so. I know for a fact He always says thanks for talking to him, and he always wants to know w'sup with me.
God: So if he, who i created can say that and yearn for that attention and conversation with you, How much more ME!, who knows you have a whole lot more going on within you. When you get into relationships with that guy or girl, you centre your everything around him, you always think about him, you always think of what you can do to make him happy, you always want him to be the first to hear that good news you just recieved, you always want to do something out of the ordinary for him, you always want him to love you back just as you loved them, when someone or something hurts you, you want him to listen to you, to hold you and tell you everything would be alright, right? You never want him to leave you, right?
Rinsola: (Dumbfounded) and nodding my head.
God: Do you think they don't feel good that you attribute so much to them?
Rinsola: true
God: My dear thats what i yearn for with you. Is that asking for too much? Though i enjoy watching every detail of your life, but i yearn to be part of it also. I want to be part of your everything, i want you to call me your friend. You know i know everything, yet i derive pleasure in you wanting to eagerly share that great news with me, i want you to tell me how that boy makes you feel, i want you to express yourself to me, i want you to share your true feelings with me NO HOLDING BACK! i mean every single detail or thing. Even when you're upset with Me, i want you to tell Me, let Me know.
Rinsola: (murmuring), I know but, how about that aspect of me being upset with you, and all that every single details thing? Is it possible?
God: Rinsola, you seem to forget that I AM GOD! When you lost your job, tell me you weren't upset? when you cried that night you felt you lost the love of your life, do you think i didn't know you were upset with me? Imagine being upset with Me, saving you from more hurt and pain. But I didn't get mad at you for being upset with me, instead I felt your pain. Did you read that I didnt strike Jeremiah dead when he felt I tricked him? Did I slap David for claiming I forsook, or betrayed him? Did I shake my head at Job when he started to vent? When Jacob wrestled with me, did I push him away? I know exactly how you all feel, and i feel your pain also, but i want you to tell me just they way it is.
Rinsola: So are you saying even the nastiest of things that goes through my mind, even the thoughts of sex, since i'm not married yet?
God: Aderinsola? I am your creator, you can't hide even the darkest of secrets from me. I sure don't want you to dwell upon those thoughts, but i need you to tell me you need help with those thoughts. I am your ONLY strength, remember?
Rinsola: But Dad, someone once asked me how i am able to come to you even when i've messed up?
God: Remind them, the devil would constantly bring up your past and wrongs against you just to keep you away from me, and Never forget that your righteousness is as a filthy rag before me. So if you or anyone thinks righteousness is the key to my friendship NONE of you would be my friend.
Rinsola: Can i ask another question?
God: Smiles.......i've heard the question many times, but i'm all ears my dear.
Rinsola: smiling sheepishly........ So do you see people when they have sex?
God: I'm not blind my dear.
Rinsola: How about giving people their privacy?
God: Giving you your privacy, means taking my eyes off you, right?
Rinsola: Yeap
God: And do you know what it means when i take my eyes off you?
Rinsola: Yes i do.
God: good.

Truth is getting to the stage where i tell God everything was not attained in a day, week,month or a year. I'm still working on my relationship with God, as in, it's nowhere close to half of perfection and truth is, it's not easy but you all can get to that stage of closeness with Him. I feel special for many reasons, I'm not as obedient as Job, or as thankful as David, neither is my faith as Abrahams', but i'm so glad He stills looks at what i call my imperfection, and yet yearn to want a relationship with me.
Something Important that hit me in the book was also that:
"You will never grow a close relationship with God by just attending church once a week, or having a daily quiet time. Friendship with God is built by sharing ALL your life experiences with Him'............... Sure it is important to establish the habit of a daily devotional time with God, but he wants more than an appointment in your schedule. He want to be included in your every activity, every conversation, every problem, and even every thought."
Question to consider:
What can i do to remind myself to think about God and talk to Him more often throughout the day?
Take care everyone, and have a funfilled and fufilled week ahead.

23 comments:

bighead said...

Does God really expect us to gist with Him like we would our good friends. Can't be quite the same thing, u know, with humans, the conversation is usually not one-sided but with Him it will be; at least the first few times.

30+ said...

LMAO, Aderinsola you are such a case, asking God if he sees people when they have sex.

O serious 5kobo of all the questions you can ask...psssssteew.
Love the answer he gave you.
Next time you speak to him tell him 30+ says thanks o

princesa said...

Hey girl!
Come drink champagne on my blog.
Its not the party yet, that's still coming up soon.
No aso-ebi tho,lol!

Not read the post yet...will be back to do that.

Aijay said...

Wow! I love this post.
Asking God if he sees people having sex. Why na? Lol. Its very daunting.
My relationship with God is not perfect. I have to constantly remind myself that He's my creator & that He loves & cares for me & mine.

Olamild said...

hahahahahahah


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disgodkidd said...

he he. i updated "soon". thanks for checking up on me. yes, am good. now to read...

disgodkidd said...

i looooooooooooooooovvvvvveeeeeeee this. its a ME-kinda post. I know i would ask God such questions. he he.

AN IBO DUDE'S CORNER said...

Wow. i wish i could talk to God the way you do.most times i want to but my spirit always fail me.I just hope he is not disappointed in me. Nice one.thanks for sharing.will improve on my relationship with HIM from now on.

I bet HE laughed and felt it was silly for you to ask HIm about seeing people having sex...lol

ladytyne said...

Thanks rinsola for coming over. I really appreciate it.

This post is something else and its reminded me of the things it seems i've forgotten about having a personal relationship with God.

This is a wake-up call. thanks for sharing.xxx

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

That question is a good one. For me, every time I see a butterfly while running, I take a moment to praise God. When my kids smile and laugh, I take that opportunity to also say thank you to God.

Whenever you experience a moment of beauty, you can take time to say a quick thank you and praise the Lord.

Great post. I had to read it twice to really comment!

Anonymous said...

LMAO. This is funny but real, and for many of us we have questions we are shy to God about and just like you said why not ask him since he knows what we are thinking already. I like it that you are being real and true and i know that is what God wants from us. Great post as usual, Thank you for sharing and reminding. Could you post your e-mail address please.

Obinwanne said...

LOL

Obinwanne said...

LOL

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Isi said...

selah! :-)

acainto said...

Reminding yourself about God: Take some time out to chill to some worship/soaking music each day, eg as you're getting ready to get to sleep, and open yourself up to hearing from Him.

Olamild said...

Have a blessed sunday

holla

Andy said...

Good to read your post 'cos I think I got a bit annoyed at God recently. Anyway, trying to get back on track.......so pray for me ooh.
That Carman's song made me feel nostalgic..

Anonymous said...

**OLAMILD SINGS IN**

Look back and thank God. Look forward and trust God. Look around and serve God. Look within and find God! 'I asked God, 'How do I get the best out of life?' God said, 'Face your past without regrets. Handle your present with confidence. And prepare for the future without fear!' Without God, our week is: Mournday, Tearsday, Wasteday, Thirstday, Fightday, Shatterday and Sinday. So, allow Him to be with you every day!' Life is short, so forgive quickly. Believe slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably. Never regret anything that makes you happy. And have a wonderful journey.

**OLAMILD SIGNS OUT**

curvyice said...

Girl, this word was for me. i have my way of talking to GOD, and some peeps think its kinda wierd n it feels weird that i have been shying away from it but this sia reminder and your scenarios fit perfectly..........wow. well well well. nice one.

Allied said...

Rinsola, i am not sure if i told you that i am also reading this book. Sometimes i have my Aha momemts, and sometimes i am more confused about what i read hence the conversation with my papa God. I am in chatper 8 and i know i am here for his glory and purpose. I hope before i get to 40, i fully understand it.

Rinsola said...

@Allied, talk about AHA moments, and yes i also did have moments when i got confused, but i share those lines with other people and they shed light on it. Sent u a mail, hope you got it?

The Life of a Stranger called me said...

this made me smile. This gist is serious reminds me of the kinds I have with God. And the point is He will be listening to the most stupidest things and be answering too.

I love God because He is just too much.. He really is my very best friend.