I had an imaginary conversation with God this week, and it went something like this:
God: “So, what time do you want to meet for lunch today?”
Me: “Whenever, Lord.”
God: “Let’s say noon.”
Me: “It’s really crowded then. How about 11:30 a.m., instead?”
God: “What do you want to eat?”
Me: “Whatever, Lord.”
God: “Let’s have Thai.”
Me: “Eww, you know how sick I got in Thailand that one time. Besides, I don’t like curry.”
God: “But, I like Thai.”
Me: “Fine, which Thai restaurant do you want to go to?”
God: “The one in Thailand.”
God: “But, you said you’d follow me whenever, wherever, whatever.”
Me: “I meant anywhere but there, Lord.”
I know better than to say that I would never move someplace (Never say never!), but there are certainly spots on the globe that I would rather not go. No offense to the breathtaking terrain and colorful culture of Thailand, but if I had my druthers, I’d prefer to not go back. I became violently ill the one time I was there; consequently, the smell of curry makes my stomach churn, even to this day.
When we sing songs in church with lyrics like, “Where you go I’ll go,” or “I surrender all,” do we really mean it, or are we just giving lip-service to God? I don’t believe that God calls each of us to a life of poverty or compels us to move continents away from our extended families, but I think the point is that we are willing if he does call us, and that we are open to his voice. We are each gifted in unique ways (check out 1 Corinthians 12 and take Crosstraining 301 to learn more about spiritual gifts). He expects us to use those gifts to his glory, no matter where we are. Be assured, though, that our faith-walk does require sacrifice. It may not mean getting cholera and typhoid immunizations and relocating to South Asia, but it could mean inviting your grumpy co-worker to church or giving up an evening of television every couple of weeks to tutor at C4.
Whenever. Whatever. Wherever. Do you mean it?
(Originally posted January 29, 2012)