Bridging the Divided

Through All of It…..

One-size-fits-all is a lie. Don’t believe it. Every woman knows this  except when we are tugging and straining to pull one-size-fits-all pantyhose past our knees. I finally embraced the truth; one-size-fits-all applies to nothing in life including pantyhose.

I spent the better part of my life trying to fit myself into mainstream religion and church life. This square peg cannot be pounded into a round hole no matter how large the hammer. Fact of life. So, I embarked on my own journey with God and haven’t looked back. There is an amazing amount of spiritual wisdom to be learned along the way.

Within the church culture people like me are called “cafeteria Christians” or “smorgasbord Christians”. Christian-speak for picking and choosing doctrines and beliefs, but let’s face it, some of the stuff in the scriptures is a little out there and a bit difficult to swallow. Sticks and stones, as they say, so I put my ball down and left religion. I didn’t leave Christian music, however. Some of it is really good.

There’s a song by Colton Dixon called Through All of It. If you haven’t heard it, give it a listen. I love the chorus:

“I have won

and I have lost

I got it right sometimes

But sometimes I did not

Life’s been a journey

I’ve seen joy, I’ve seen regret

Oh and You have been my God

Through all of it”

Those few words pretty much sum up my life, and I bet for many others, as well. It isn’t always easy to recognize God has been with us through all of “it”. Sometimes it feels like God is taking an extended coffee break, “God left the building” along with Elvis kind of thing. The good news is God didn’t. We get caught up in emotion, caught up in crises til we feel like we are drowning and no one is around to throw out a life raft and we lose sight of God. God doesn’t lose sight of us; of this I am convinced. We are extensions of God and God can no more lose sight of us than we can lose sight of our foot or hand.

“You were there when it all came down on me

When I was blinded by my fear

And I struggled to believe

But in those unclear moments

You were the one keeping me strong

This is how my story’s always gone”

Church is about rules. Jesus taught concepts, principles, taught how to live with one another as loving, tolerant, faithful and fearless people.  He taught hope. He taught there is always a light at the end of the tunnel no matter how dark the tunnel. The religious leaders of the day didn’t like what Jesus taught. They were all about rules. It’s much easier to control people when they are fearful and focused on following rules.

Life is a journey. Each of us walks our own. Collectively, we can share our experiences and wisdom gleaned from the journey, learn from one another. The most important lesson, the umbrella lesson to all others is that God is with us through all of it……

“And this is who You are

More constant than the stars up in the sky

All these years of our lives, I

I look back and I see You

Right now I still do”

And I’m always going to”

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