Now, even to me, it seems ridiculous to write a blogpost to clarify something I wrote on April 12, 2012 – a full 5 months ago (after all, who still cares?) But this thought took flight within weeks of that last post, and needs a place to rest.
“Christianity is an experience of God in the midst of the darkness!” I wrote that, and it remains deeply meaningful to me -- providing comfort to me when I don't see as much of God as I would like, and reminding me that I do in fact experience much even when I am buffeted by hardships and evil seems to triumph around me.
But I was ruminating on it a few weeks after I wrote it and felt the fool. An experience of God is had by anyone who is alive, not just Christians. Any human who steps out of his dwelling into the warm sunshine or a refreshing breeze, receives the embrace of a loved one, smells the fragrance of flowers, or looks into the many splendored colors of a sunset, experiences God.
And equally, the darkness is felt by all!
So I just wanted to say, “That's not what I was talking about last time.”
Christians experience more. Ours is not just the enjoyment of God's creation. We experience God as Father, and Jesus as brother, in the intimacy of family. Sometimes our Father intervenes on our behalf and answers our prayers, making life easier. Sometimes He orders the natural events of our lives to our benefit. Sometimes He sets a course for us, bleak and hard, designed for our testing. Often, He sends us into battle on His behalf, and our pain is multiplied. But always He is more than creator, He is Dad! The Bible calls it fellowship or communion.
(My apologies to those who follow me, for the long break. I have fallen once again to the “I will write once I am caught up,” syndrome. I think I am back now.)