How long does transformation take? If you can see where you want to be, can’t you just keep taking steps forward and eventually get there? I think so, but sometimes life gets in the way, and we get stopped or sidetracked. But there is something to staying focused on our goals, and be patient and LISTEN for God. I’m not so good at that last part….being patient and sometimes I forget to LISTEN too. That’s shameful really, because I think God is eager to talk with us. It’s a discipline.
Sometimes God asks us questions. And when he does, we can rest assured that He already knows the answer. God questions us as a way to get us to think of things that are important, life-changing, monumental….even if it seems like a very plain question.
God asked Adam, “Where are you?” in Genesis 3:9. God asks Moses “What is in your hand?” in Exodus 4:2. Jesus asks “Who do you say that I am?” in Mark 8:29. These are simple questions that allow us to see and know the Wonder of our God. In our mundane world I forget that God is awesome and amazing and marvelous…..even in the here and now. And sometimes God works in tiny, baby steps that we hardly notice, and other times he works in big gigantic fashion. We just never know. But each and every day is filled with possibilities.
Psalm 139 (The Message)
1-6 God, investigate my life;
get all the facts firsthand.
I’m an open book to you;
even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking.
You know when I leave and when I get back;
I’m never out of your sight.
You know everything I’m going to say
before I start the first sentence.
I look behind me and you’re there,
then up ahead and you’re there, too—
your reassuring presence, coming and going.
This is too much, too wonderful—
I can’t take it all in!
7-12 Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit?
to be out of your sight?
If I climb to the sky, you’re there!
If I go underground, you’re there!
If I flew on morning’s wings
to the far western horizon,
You’d find me in a minute—
you’re already there waiting!
Then I said to myself, “Oh, he even sees me in the dark!
At night I’m immersed in the light!”
It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to you;
night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you.
13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.
17-22 Your thoughts—how rare, how beautiful!
God, I’ll never comprehend them!
I couldn’t even begin to count them—
any more than I could count the sand of the sea.
Oh, let me rise in the morning and live always with you!
And please, God, do away with wickedness for good!
And you murderers—out of here!—
all the men and women who belittle you, God,
infatuated with cheap god-imitations.
See how I hate those who hate you, God,
see how I loathe all this godless arrogance;
I hate it with pure, unadulterated hatred.
Your enemies are my enemies!
23-24 Investigate my life, O God,
find out everything about me;
Cross-examine and test me,
get a clear picture of what I’m about;
See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong—
then guide me on the road to eternal life.