We are all called to journey with God, with Divine Love. How we choose to journey is up to us. Much like a potter with a lump of clay, we toss the clay on the potter’s wheel and mold and shape until the clay takes form. No two forms will be exactly the same as no two snowflakes are the same, nor two zebras with the same stripe pattern. It took me a minute to find the cadence of my journey.
Being a part of church life, the fellowship of others, told what to believe, given doctrines and rituals to follow works for many. It is comfortable to be a part of something larger. The need for a spiritual journey with God is deeply embedded within my spirit. I cannot ignore it. Church life didn’t work, so what to do? I needed to find my own way, find the path I was called to trod.
I listen to a young man on the radio who specializes in angelology. His name is Kyle Gray. I tune in as often as I can and have read a couple of his books. He is impressive. What I appreciate most is his unique journey with God is a mix of spirituality and a healthy dose of Jesus. He makes no apologies for his beliefs. Kyle is not afraid to intermingle a relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit with his teachings on angelology and spirituality apart from organized church and their doctrinal beliefs. I admit I have struggled in this area and last week it hit me like a ton of bricks; there needn’t be a struggle! I believe in God, in Jesus as God incarnate, and am not averse to many of the teachings found within the scriptures, contrary to the opinions of some critics of mine. I just cannot do church or swallow every teaching as if it were God-breathed truth when it is so plainly obvious man’s desire for control has been insinuated into many of the teachings from the pulpit.
When Yeshua (Jesus) walked the earth the religious leaders of the day asked Him what was the greatest commandment, the one rule of greatest importance? Yeshua answered in Matthew 22: 36-40 “You are to love ADONAI your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. This is the greatest and most important mitzvah (commandment). And a second is similar to it, You are to love your neighbor as yourself. All of the Torah and the Prophets are dependent on these two mitzvot.” In a few words, Yeshua summed up the whole of man’s journey and existence. If we all abided by the intent of those few words there would be no war, no murders, no abuses, nor evils of any kind perpetrated against the creation.
A journey with God is not about the flavor of the church we choose to attend or if we choose to opt out of organized religion altogether. Journeying with God is developing a relationship with God and connecting in a way that resonates within us. Each of us is a unique creation of Divine Love; no two journeys should look exactly the same. If we love God with all our heart, soul, and strength, and love our neighbor we are who we are called to be apart from doctrines or rituals developed by man…..