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Mister God...

I just finished reading a book for my Wednesday morning women's Bible study (we do books, studies, read children's books and much more than your typical Bible study). The book was recommended to do by one of our members, so we spent a couple of weeks on it. At first I was a little bit hesitant, but after reading the first chapter, I was hooked. The book is called Mister God, This is Anna. The story is true, and both that fact and the fact that the book is phenomenal blew me away. Today we talked about having "Anna" moments... those moments where *poof* it all makes sense. Or maybe when it makes a little less sense...

The book is the story of a friendship between a young man and a little girl he befriends and brings home. From their first meeting, Anna is curious. Anna is one of those children who can just astound you just by mere words. Someone that understands the deep aspects of God and just how full of God moments the world is. I became enthralled by Anna early in the book. Partly because her curious side is something I see in me, and partly because it was hard to believe that a girl age 4-7 could come up with things that I've taken 23 years to try to figure out.

I suppose the points I spoke about most during our discussion this morning were the parts where Anna explains how unbelievable God is. And at the same time how believable. There is one discussion where Anna explains that we ultimately go to church to understand God less. Curious I thought, but I read on. What she says to explain that is that as we learn more and more about God, God grows more and more and we truly realize the grandness of God. As God gets bigger and bigger, we understand less and less. I remember having discussions about the trinity through my time in college, and that is one of those concepts that I feel we understand less and less the more we discuss. It is all part of the mystery of God. The grandness of this earth and the creation and how much God cares for us all.

One of my favorite quotes from the book to describe this is this:

"In whatever way or state you understand Mister God, so you diminish his size. He becomes and understandable entity among other understandable entities. So Mister God keeps on shedding bits all the way through your life until the time comes when you admit freely and honestly that you don't understand Mister God at all. At this point, you have to let Mister God be his proper size -- and wham! -- there he is laughing at you."

Some days that's how I picture God. And some days I want my God to be in a tiny little box that I understand and can deal with. Good thing I don't always get what I want. But this concept of the grandness of God that I'm learning through books and through stories of friends, through life experiences and the pursuit of things greater than myself, is one I cherish.

In any case, I've learned a few things. God is and always will be in my middle, I must seek to see other people by seeing the God in their middle, and ultimately, God is laughing.
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1 Comments:

I spend so much of my time reading the "emergent" literature: Brian's stuff, Velvet Elvis, Blue Like Jazz, etc. Yet, your post reminds me that really this emergent theology process began in me decades ago with brilliant works like Mister God, This is Anna. I was a young teen when I read that, and it had a profound influence on the shaping of who I am today. Or rather, as I am learning, the shape was already within me, but that book was part of the chiseling that helped reveal the Truth already inside my rocky shell.

By Blogger Kel aka Daddyo, at 7:44 AM  

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