In what may have been the best writing I read all year, Ann Voskamp writes:
Is this the toxic air of the world, this atmosphere we inhale, burning into our lungs, this No, God? No, God, we won’t take what You give. No, God, Your plans are a gutted, bleeding mess and I didn’t sign up for this and You really thought I’d go for this? No, God, this is ugly and this is a mess and can’t You get anything right and just haul all this pain out of here and I’ll take it from here, thanks. And God? Thanks for nothing.
-One Thousand Gifts
Those first two lines have bounced around in my mind and in my spirit from the time I first read them. I have thought an awful lot about how often we say, “No, God.” I have thought of the times, specifically, that I have said, “No, God.”
Or maybe I didn’t say “No.” I just didn’t listen. I didn’t obey when I knew exactly what it was that God was wanting me to do. I felt His leading. I walked past a way of escape. I made excuses for my “No, God” but that is exactly what I was saying to Him, “No.”
We are all guilty. We have all done it at one time or another.
“No, God. That’s not what I had in mind.”
“No, God. I like my way better.”
“No, God. I really don’t think that is necessary.”
“No, God. What would people say?”
And eventually we become used to the wounds of our poor decisions and wrong desires. The skin grows thick and the calluses form hard. And if we aren’t careful our, “No, God” becomes a “No God.”
Isn’t it amazing how one simple comma takes us from a conversation, refusing to obey God and accept what He offers, to denying His very existence!
Say “Yes” today!