Having an apricot the first morning, here, in Paris.
So often, as humans, I have found that we have a tendency to doubt God's goodness. We either feel we don't deserve peace, joy, happiness or when we receive it we hold our breaths knowing at some point the rug is going to be pulled from us. But is this the character of the God Jesus talked about?
I feel tremendously blessed to be here in Paris for a week. I can't think of a better vacation. As I walk the streets filled with an unfamiliar language, smells of freshly baked breads, music that makes you want to dance where you are, I find myself asking, "Really, God... for me?"
Why is this? Why do we, particularly those who are Protestant, tend not to take God at his word? Why do we walk on egg shells when it comes to our love of God and his world? Some of it is how we have interpreted the scriptures, some of it is our own neurosis.
But I keep coming to the scriptures that talk about how God wants to love us completely. That doesn't mean perfect weather every day or smooth travels always, but I believe it is well worth the effort to remember the essence of God in our world, wherever that may be.
I have 5 more days in Paris, all of which I pray I will remain open to receiving God's gifts and being a blessing to others. May his love flow through us no matter where we are as we travel our life's journey. When we are open we can truly then taste and see that our God is good.!
Goodness! I love life and giving back. Sometimes, however, I feel a little lost on the journey. Then, I remember that God's got this and I'm a conduit of His/Her purpose, love and grace. It shows up in my art, in my presentations and workshops, in my relationships. That's what I write about here -- this glorious, delicious, messy journey we are each called to embrace.