Posted by: Judy | September 29, 2015

God’s Group Projects

God is big on group projects. Not simply big, but really big. Huge. Ginormous! In fact, everything God does is a group project. Everything. He starts with groups of two and works His way up from there. The most basic group is me and God. Yes, you can see where this is going.

Growing up, I often said, “It’s me and God against the world; sometimes it’s only me.” My humor also leaned toward, “The three musketeers, me, myself, and I.” I felt very much alone. I knew when my sister married my only ally was gone. That year, my two closest friends also jumped ship.

From a very young age, I knew God was there. However, I struggled to know how to communicate with Him. So much garbage cluttered the way. It wasn’t until I was in my 20s that I finally understood and believed that God never abandoned me. He was always there. The only living being who was ever alone was Jesus Christ, in those last moments on the cross when He asks His Father, “Why have You forsaken me?” In that moment, Jesus made the conscious choice to hold on and see the sacrifice through to the end, even if He had to do it alone. In doing so, He ensured He knew exactly how we feel when we feel utterly alone. He “gets it” to a depth we will never understand. We land ourselves in plenty of hot water, aside from what others inflict on us. Jesus was perfect. He didn’t sin. He didn’t make mistakes.

Once I knew I was never alone, I knew the negative tape was a lie, but I hadn’t yet learned how to talk back. I hadn’t learned to call those ugly words the lies they are. I’m learning now.

Funnily enough, I struggled with praying for myself and my needs while I have no trouble praying for others and believe God hears and answers those prayers. Prayer is the biggest group project God offers. Anyone can participate at any time. Yes, even late. Only man is tied by time. God isn’t.

In learning to connect with God, the best place for me to start was in praying for someone else. I trusted God to understand what I asked. I felt more comfortable seeking blessings for someone else. I’m not good at asking for prayers for myself, but I am learning to pray for myself.

So what brought on this particular post?

I’ve often joked with my sister about how God loves group projects. It took a while, but I finally figured out it isn’t a joke at all. He really does promote group projects. He wants us to help each other. He wants to help us. He doesn’t want anyone to be alone. He knows the value of standing together and encourages it. I simply never considered how right I was 😀 and how all encompassing His plan is to include as many as possible while He encourages us to be individuals, unique and one-of-a-kind.

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Responses

  1. I love this photo!

    Knowing you’re out there in the world makes me feel less alone. 🙂

    • Thanks, sunset a few weeks ago. 🙂

      You are definitely not alone and often thought of… hate ending a sentence with ‘of.’ LOL!

  2. This is really beautiful. I still struggle with this so really appreciate the group project.

    • (((rootstoblossom)))


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