I'm sure that all of you millions of my blog readers will be as shocked to hear this as I will be to share it with you, but here's the truth of it.
I'm about to turn 40 years old.
That's not the shocking part, really. The shocking part is the fact that I feel so ill-equipped to be writing a blog that was originally crafted as an encouragement to others...in the Word.
The older I get, the more I realize that you don't need me, or anybody else to make God's Word come alive in you. You just need Him, and His Word, and a commitment to both of you that you'll dig in, and dig deeper, and keep on digging.
And then, you need grace.
Grace for yourself, knowing that there will be things in life that hit you right between the eyes and will make you question everything you have come to know about God....about life....about everything you've ever even questioned....for that too, will seem to come into question.
Have I lost you yet?
It's the valley, my dear friends. Sometimes those valleys are brief, and you jet right through them like a gazelle.
Sometimes, they are deep and rocky and dark and smelly and confusing and you get cut up just trying to walk through them. As you make it along your merry way, "SLAM!" you hit a rock overhang you didn't see coming.
Or, maybe there's a pointy craggy rock poking right out from the side, one that you felt sure you'd be able to hold on to for support for your next step, and yet instead it cuts right into your side and leaves you bleeding.
What are we to do in times like these? Where do we go?
How do we make it through them?
Ah, I have more questions, but my Lord, he just laid down in bed...my invite to warm myself by his side, and spend the best hours of my day with the one whom I love beyond words.
To be continued...