I’ve often found God’s humor to be particularly amusing.

He seems to always know just how to get our attention and of course also must do so repeatedly so we might be able to connect the dots and put two and two together to decipher His often crystal-clear message.  Maybe this is just me that He does this with but I certainly suspect I’m not alone.

In fact, I know I’m not alone because I am reading an incredible book that I randomly picked up at the MOPS Convention last week on this very topic.

We were blessed to hear an incredible speaker who could possibly be my twin soul – she is a writer, a lover of music, and an integrated thinker and as soon as I started to read her book, The Sacred Echo, I realized I could sit down with her for quite a while and say “Me, too” after almost everything she might say.

I’m not going to stalk her.  Don’t worry.  I thought about it but I don’t have time for it right now.  I might in the future.

Margaret Feinberg was a riveting speaker and as she spoke of spending a year connecting the teachings from the Bible to a modern-day sheperdess, beekeeper, and vitner (which later became her new book, Scouting the Divine:  My Search for God in Wine, Wool, and Wild Honey) I could tell I would love her books.

Following the conclusion of her talk, one could purchase one book for $13 or three for $30.  My friend and I split the cost and chose three books but since the decision had to be made quickly due to the rather long line, we randomly selected a few that caught our attention.

I admit that I didn’t fully understand what The Sacred Echo was really about but I bought it anyway.  Once I started reading it, I knew why it had landed in my hands.

The book is simply about discerning God’s voice.  Ha. Ha. Ha.

Only just a concept I often struggle with…  Something that has baffled me for years now – is it my own want or is it God?

One chapter in particular has been reverberating in my mind throughout the week, so much so that I wanted to share it with as many people as I can because I think it is so applicable to those of us with a natural human bend (i.e. everyone).

In the chapter “You Follow Me”, Margaret describes the insecurity that developed while at Bible college – apparently, everyone she spoke with knew completely what God had called them to do and simply put, she did not.  She thought maybe she wasn’t praying hard enough.  Or listening well enough.  Or whatever enough.

She was directed to John 21 in which Simon Peter, who was out fishing in his boat, was shocked to find the resurrected Jesus standing on the shore.  Swimming to meet him, the conversation that followed can be summarized simply by Jesus responding to Peter’s question “What about them?” with “If I want him to remain until I come, what is it to you?  You follow me!” (This is hugely paraphrased – I would encourage you to read the scripture for the full account.)

You follow me.

Isn’t that all we really have to do?

It doesn’t matter if it seems like someone is experiencing more success, more beauty, more power.  We are simply  just required to follow Him.  They have their path and you have yours.

You follow me.

Ironically enough, while reading a great new devotional I picked up the other day entitled Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, today’s reading started with “Come to Me.”  It went on to say “Do not compare yourself with others, who seem to skip along their life-paths with ease.  Their journeys have been different from yours, and I have gifted them with abundant energy.  I have gifted you with fragility; providing opportunities for your spirit to blossom in My Presence.  Accept this gift as a sacred treasure:  delicate, yet glowing with brilliant Light.  Rather than struggling to disguise or deny your weakness, allow Me to bless you richly through it.” (p. 235)  Whew.

You follow me.

Come to me.

For crying out loud, stop looking at what others are doing.. (You do know that I’m saying this to myself, right?)

Lastly, during my walk tonight, my iPod kept reshuffling and repeatedly played the same song OVER and OVER.  The song?  “All I Need is You” by Hillsong.  In fact, as I write this post, Pandora is now randomly playing it as well.  Coincidence?  No.  No such thing.

You follow me.

Come to me.

All you need is me.

You know, it really is just that simple.

For more Caffeinated Randomness, please visit Andrea at Under Grace and Over Coffee.  I promise to go lighter next week, friends! :)

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