I am finding I can far better relate to this brother than I can to another couple I have listened to for several years now Wayne and Brad from the God Journey. Darin is speaking my language as he is trying to hammer out what it means to live in the wild, or as I like to put it, living in the new world.
Having our mind (soul) catch up to the reality of whose we are reminds me of the conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus. Nick was only at that point able to relate to a New World reality with an Old World mind set. Can you relate to that?
The following quote is from Brennan Manning from his book Ruthless Trust; “Our story is perhaps a paradigm for every trusting disciple. The way of trust is a movement into obscurity, into the undefined, into ambiguity, not into some predetermined clearly delineated plan for the future. The next step discloses itself only out of a discernment of God acting in the desert of the present moment. The reality of naked trust is the life of a pilgrim who leaves what is nailed down, obvious, and secure, and walks into the unknown without and rational explanation to justify the decision or guarantee the future. Why? Because God has signaled the movement and offered it as his presence and his promise.”
I have shared at different times on my blogs how much interest there is in the results of faith, but venturing into the way of faith/trust, well, that’s another issue. What Brennan has said here is what I see being the life of trust, and the very nature of trust is that it must continually be tried. So much faith/trust is in my opinion simply faith or trust in our faith or trust! Better known as a form of godliness but lacking any real power!!
As he continues to bring an unshakable certainty into my life it operates within the context of vast uncertainties, ergo the strain, the pain, the struggle of His life becoming FULLY formed in me as me.
Another quote from Manning; “The basic premise of biblical trust is the conviction that God wants us to grow, to unfold, and to experience fullness of life. However, this kind of trust is acquired only gradually and most often through series of crises and trials. Through the indescribable anguish on Mount Moriah with his son Isaac, Abraham learned that the God who had called him to hope against hope was eminently reliable and that the only thing expected of him was unconditional trust. That great old man models the essence of trust in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures: to be convinced of the reliability of God.The story of salvation-history indicates that without exception trust must be purified in the crucible of trial.”