Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Ohhh! I love love love being in a good discussion. I didn't realize exactly how much I've missed being in a Bible study until tonight. We had small group at church (I'm pretty sure that it's not officially a small group but it technically is a small group of couples so that's what I'm calling it!) We watched Rob Bell's Nooma video called Kickball. If you have never seen a nooma, you should. They are all on different topics and talked about different areas/struggles/stages we go through in life. It's the perfect thing for a discussion too!

Tonight's video was called Kickball. I'm not going to do it justice but he told the story about being in the mall with his son and finding this cool ball thing that velcros on your hand and then has a string attached with a ball at the end. His little guy wanted this toy. He said he needed this toy. He whined and whined and tried doing the whole if you love me you'll get this for me thing... Rob tried reasoning with his son, he tried just telling him no. Finally he had to pick him up and walk away.

What this little guy didn't know was that after the mall they were going to a store to buy a kickball. His parents thought it would be a great gift for him to have a kickball. They took him to the wall of balls and let him pick out the one he wanted. He beamed and was so very happy that he had his own orange kickball.

Rob relates it like this. Doesn't this happen in our life with God? We want something so very badly. We plead and plead and beg and whine and sometimes cry and get angry. We think that we have it all figured out and if God would just ___________ then we could ________. I know I have thought that before! The biggest thing we need to remember is that God is God. All the time. He is truly good and loves us. He wants the best for us and no matter what we are going through none of the above changes. Just like the little guy who just needed that toy... his parents knew that they had something so much better for him. Our Father is like that. What he has planned for me, for you, is WAY better that you or I could have imagined.

I'm going to close with my ALL time favorite verse from the Bible. I read it tonight for the first time from The Message. Love it. Especially the end. Thoughts? Comments? Have you ever wondered if God was going to give you what you were hoping for? Ever questioned Him?

I'll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I'll listen. When you come looking for me, you'll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I'll make sure you won't be disappointed."

Thoughts? Comments? Have you ever wondered if God was going to give you what you were hoping for? Ever questioned Him?

1 comment:

  1. Great post Shan! I have questioned God --"Why are you not doing this thing? It is a good thing! What is taking so long!" Then the faith and trust factor comes in and knowing that my little mind and God's infinite mind do not work in the same way. Like Isaiah 55 says, His ways are not my ways. Someday, maybe here on Earth, or maybe not until heaven, will I truly know the "why". It doesn't always make it easy, though!