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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Organic God 2

Today I'm reading Psalm 70:4.
But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who long for your
saving help always say,
“The LORD is great!”

Here's a powerhouse portion of Margaret Feinberg's "Organic God" for your reflection today. See if her hunger is yours. And do you recognize the same pollutants clouding your perception of the real God?


Deep down inside I still hunger for a true, pure relationship with the Organic God – the One True God. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. In him is found the mysterious wonder of the Trinity. He is Father, Son and Holy Spirit – one luminous essence in whom there is no shadow of change, stirred by the eternal and dynamic relationship of the three persons who live and love completely free of any need or self-interest.

Why describe God as organic? More and more I realize that my own understanding of God is largely polluted. I have preconceived notions, thoughts, and biases when it comes to God. I have a tendency to favor certain portions of Scripture over others. I have a bad habit of reading some stories with a been-there-done-that attitude, knowing the end of the story before it begins, and in the process denying God’s ability to speak to me through it once again.

If that weren’t enough, more often that not, I find myself compartmentalizing God. He is more welcome in some areas of my life than others. Prayer, Bible study, Scripture memorization, journaling, and other spiritual disciplines become like items to be checked off a to-do list that is eventually crumpled up and thrown away rather than savored and reflected upon. The result is that my understanding and perception of God is clouded, much like the dingy haze of pollution that hangs over most major cities. The person in the middle of a city looking up at the sky doesn’t always realize just how much of their view and perceptions are altered by the smog. Without symptoms such as burning eyes or an official warning of scientists or media, no one may even notice just how bad the pollution has become.

That’s why I describe God as organic. While it’s a word usually associated with food grown without chemical-based fertilizers or pesticides, organic is also used to describe a lifestyle: simple, healthful, and close to nature. Those are all things I desires in my relationship with God. I hunger fro simplicity. I want to approach God is childlike faith, wonder and awe, more that just spiritual life, but spiritual health – whereby my soul is not just renewed and restored but becomes a soucre o refreshment for others. And I want to be close to nature, not mountain ridges and shorelines as much as God’s nature working in and through me. Such a God-infused life requires me to step away from any insta-grow shortcuts an dig deep into the soil of spiritual formation found only in God.


What resonates in your heart as you read her description of her desire to know an "unpolluted" God? Do you think that is really possible - to know God purely with no personal or cultural distortions?

Talk to the Lord today about your hunger to know him without additives or preservatives.


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