I want to share a few experiences in which people were perplexed about the location God served.
I recall writing a few notes in my bible from my last sermon and then taking the bible to a Catholic service to assist in some volunteer work for my college sorority. I opened up the pages in the middle of the mass and my sorority sister looked over my shoulder and gasped.
“Oh my gosh. You write in the bible?”
“Yeah,” I told her. I was half-understanding her concern, since I grew up Catholic in which booklets of the teachings were provided to us in church without pens or pencils. This was, I assumed, so one did not write in the materials provided. I had also not seen the audience in my masses bring their own bible. People would listen to the priest and go home. It seemed absurd to me, only because I am a textual and visual learner. I was against thinking all people learned the same way.
I carried over the habits I learned about God to as many aspects in my life as possible. The next instance I recall is when my college roommate was freaking out about finals. “Let’s pray about it,” I suggested. She sunk in her beanbag chair as I stared at her, waiting for her to say, “okay.” Except, she said, “What, like now? Here, in the room?” I was startled, but once again, remembered how as a Catholic, your primary building of prayer was when one gathered in church. And we also weren’t eating a meal, so it made no sense to pull prayer out of my pocket to save us from finals. She succumbed but didn’t take it seriously, since we weren’t at mass, and that’s okay.
We often put God in a box. We like to know where He’s at, where we can pull Him out from, and think it’s okay for Him to stay at home, at church, where we are used to seeing Him once or twice a week. But know this, God is everywhere all of the time. You’ve heard that before, right? So why not tap on His shoulder any time of the day? At your coffeeshop, at school, at work, in the bathroom, in your car. But these don’t look like church, Brissa, wouldn’t He be insulted we aren’t praying to Him in a worshipped place?
“But who is able to build a house for Him, for the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain Him? So, who am I, that I should build a house for Him, except to burn incense for Him?”– 2 Chronicles 2:6
So if we went out to battle and knew we were going to die, would we not call unto Him because we are not at a proper place of worship or it is not a Sunday?
“I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”– Psalm 16:8
And what about writing in your book of the truth, can you do so without insulting the precious word of God?
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”– Joshua 1:8
So scribble away, girl! Just like you did in college, it’s necessary to keep important tools by your side that will help you study. Index cards, highlighters, and pens. You will need them all if you want to have a fulfilling future with Christ. You may not have all of the answers even when studying the bible, but you will learn your own interpretations, others’, and theological terms once you do the research.
My ultimatum for this post is, don’t put God in a box. He wants to live in your heart, and if you do not let Him, He will somehow find you. He wants you to remember Him always when we are happy, in distress, in question. Social media makes it quicker to “spread the word”, but make sure that you’re allowing Him in your daily life rather than just at church and on the interwebs. 😉