Hello readers! First of all, I would like to apologize to you all. I feel bad for not writing for the past month. I was enjoying my summer break and it’s been great! I got to enjoy my summer break in Vancouver, my home country Indonesia, and also the United States! And yes, this post is somewhat related to summer break. Okay. Read on. Read on.
How I love summerbreaks! It’s one of those times where you can just take a break from all the busyness, schoolwork, hectic routines, etc., forget about all the things that drive you crazy sometimes, and just relax. This summer, I did all of them. I was simply enjoying my holiday and having a lot of fun. Unfortunately, there’s one more thing that I took a break from. My spiritual life. My relationship with God.The fire died. I started knocking off God from my priority list. I started to take my intimacy with Him for granted. I started praying just for the sake of praying. I started going to church simply because it is listed on my Sundays’ routine. Of course, it took quite a while for me to realize it. And trust me, even after you realized that something is wrong, it is difficultto get back on track.
The question that many ask is, “Is God really faithful in my life?” But honestly, look. I may take a ‘vacation’ from my relationship with God, but He doesn’t. Every single day, He still gives air for me to breathe in, roof for me to sleep under, food and drinks for me to consume. He is still faithfulto me. To you. To us. Imagine if God suddenly took the day off. “Hmm, it’s so nice outside. I want to forget about everything and just play with the angels in the park.” He left and just took a break from what He was doing. The next thing we know, He stopped giving us oxygen and we suffocate. But does that happen? No. Every breath we take is a gift from God. Every breath we take is a reminder that He wants us to enjoy life and to enjoy Him. Every breath we take reminds us of His goodness and unconditionallove. I guess the real question we have to ask ourselves is that, “Are we faithful to Him?”
No one says it better than Francis Chan in his book ‘Crazy Love’ (RECOMMENDED!) He wrote, “If life is a river, then pursuing Christ requires swimming upstream. When we stop swimming, or actively following Him, we automatically begin to be swept downstream. Or, to use another metaphor more familiar to city people, we are on a never-ending downward escalator. In order to grow, we have to turn around and sprint up the escalator, putting up with perturbed looks from everyone else who is gradually moving downward.”
I cannot agree more. When we stop seeking God, we start feeding our own flesh, our sinful desire. It is one or the other (“For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.” Galatians 5:17 NIV). To be spiritually alive, we have to swim upstream. To be spiritually alive, we have to sprint upthe never-ending downward escalator. Is it easy? No! Is it tiring? Yes! But will it be worth it? Absolutely! Keep our eye on Jesus. He is waiting for us on top of the escalator. Every step we take will bring us closer to Him. Every step we take will bring our intimacy with Him to the next level. And I believe that when we have a deep intimate relationship with Him, there will be an overwhelming abundant joy and peace that will consume us from the inside out.
Mmm, guys, I’m writing this today because I want to encourage you and also myself to never give up on God because He never gives up on you (“For the Lord will not cast off his people, neither will He forsake his inheritance.” Psalm 94:14 KJV). Don’t stop swimming, don’t stop taking your next step. It is better to stay in place than to follow the crowd downward. Even better, swim faster, sprint. It is less difficult to light up a new fire in our hearts than to keep the fire burning. I hope mine will relight and won’t die off. I hope yours too. And guys, above all the things we do, above all the hard work we put to trying, let us keep our eyes on Jesus. Find strength in Him, because those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint (Isaiah 40:31 NIV). Find joy in Him, for the joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10)
Let us keep swimming upstream. Let us keep running up the downward escalator. Let us keep our eyes on our Father. Let us not grow weary. Let us keep the fire burning.