I guess I want people to say “fine” when I ask “how are you?” I mean, really. The question flies out of my mouth on Sunday mornings like I’m paid to say it. But sometimes, I’m not “fine.” And neither are you. And it’s on those days when saying “fine” feels all wrong.
Church should be the place where we go when we’re all messy and needy. Not the place to simply show off our new killer boots — though I like new killer boots. Church should be the most authentic gathering on the planet. I’m thinking that’s what God intended. That we could feel free to say “I’m not good. I’m really not good. But God is, so I press on.”
Abiding in God means the refiner’s fire and His faithful, painful pruning. (1 Peter 1:6-7) It’s ok if we sometimes aren’t “fine” in that process. But it’s even better if we let others into our “not fine” to pray for and with us, encouraging us to press on in faith.
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.
Yesterday was one of those days for me. So before church I decided that when someone smiled and asked “how are you?” I would say, “Desperately dependent on God. How are you?”
Sadly, “fine” still came out of my mouth more than once.
Fill me, Lord…
How will you answer the “how are you” question today?
For those memorizing the Sermon on the Mount, we are almost done with chapter 6! Keep at it, friends. Hide His Word that we might be spurred on to faith regardless of our circumstance.
For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.