The sermon series for the fall has been called Shape. Today’s sermon was E for Experience, it hit me today with what some friends of ours have going on. David talked there being 2 versions of how you think God handles our lives. God is either a watch maker and set the world in motion and walked away, or he is a puppet master and pulls the strings on every move of every person in the universe. Most of us fall in the middle somewhere. I’ve always been a person who thinks that God has set us in motion, lets us have free will, but is always there to help us make the right decisions. He talked about how our experiences are like stepping stones and wether its a good experience or a bad one it has led you to be the person you are today. I know that I’ve made a bunch of “bad” choice in my life, they have however made me what I am. When I look back on them I see that if certain ones hadn’t happened I wouldn’t be where I am. I would have never met Melonie, moved to Fayetteville, met other people who are very important in my life.
We’ve got friends who have been on an experience roller coaster for a while now. They are in a position where they are about to make another milestone experience. It will change their lives forever.
I’m a guy who likes to fix things, if somebody has a problem, I just want to give them the solution. These milestone experiences can’t be “fixed” though. Its tough for me to sit back and watch people go through something and not be able to fix it.
I know that God has laid out a plan and that his plan will be carried out, but it would be much easier if I could just put some glue on it and it be done with. I want to tell them that one choice is the right choice and the one they need to make. I want to be selfish about it and do what is the better choice for me. I want to fix it the way I think it needs to be fixed.
Our experiences aren’t that simple though. We have to go through them and not understand most of them. God knows what he’s laid out for us.
I do believe God gives us signs for which experience we need to have. Yet another problem is discerning these signs. Does it mean this or that, should we go this way or that way? Now they have to decide if recent events are a sign for a milestone experience, or just a normal everyday happening. The experiences you have will shape who you are, where you are, and where you’re going.
It’s been a tough day today thinking about all the experiences I’ve had in my life and how they’ve shaped me. Thinking about how our friends experiences will change them and their situation. All I can do is continue praying for them and hope that they’re able to discern what God has planned for them. I selfishly hope that God’s plan and mine are the same for them. Again I wish I could just simply give them a solution for their problems, and tell them what to do, but it’s in God’s hands.
I know this post is rambling, but I’ve been struggling with it today and needed to get it written down.