When is the last time you read something so surprisingly profound that it stops you in your tracks? I have been reading Becoming a King: The Path to Restoring the Heart of a Man by Morgan Snyder, and I was struck by a line he quoted in his book.
“You’re a soul made by God, made for God, and made to need God, which means you were not made to be self-sufficient.” — Dr. Dallas Willard, Author and Philosopher
Morgan Snyder adds to that already weighty quote by stating, “Our inherent neediness is the aspect of our lives that are false self resents most.” Reading those words made me realize that I’m so close, even though I’m doing my best, yet so far away.
Have you ever put a blade for a hand saw on backwards? It will still spin, but it doesn’t cut anything well. What about installing a ceiling fan but only to find the blades turn, but the light doesn’t work? Or making a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies only to realize you forgot to add the sugar? Maybe you’ve tried upgrading an old computer or phone only to find it can no longer support any current applications.
A swing and a miss.
This year has been way more introspective than I would like. Still, it seems to be reshuffling my view of God pretty nicely and reminded me (once again) that the “I don’t need anybody to help me succeed” bandage that I wrapped around my wounds of adolescence has also done a good job of keeping God out too. And if Willard was right, then would it be correct to say that we were created to need a relationship and dependency on God in the same way we were created to need oxygen?
Meaning life without God is not only a lack but a fatality.
Vitalitymedicine.com writes this: “Oxygen fuels our cells and helps provide the basic building blocks that our bodies need to survive. Our cells combine oxygen with nitrogen and hydrogen to produce various proteins that build new cells. When oxygen is combined with carbon and hydrogen, you get carbohydrates that provide energy to our bodies that is necessary for us to do what we live. Oxygen is also necessary for constructing replacement cells for our bodies. Oxygen is also a particularly important part of our immune system. It is used to help kill bacteria, and it fuels the cells that make up our body’s defenses against viruses and other invaders.”
Did you know oxygen did all of those things? Who wouldn’t want more of that? I’ve worked in grocery stores a couple of times in my life, and I remember chuckling internally at little kids in shopping carts who decided that holding their breath was the best bully tactic to get the candy they wanted. A dramatic and futile tactic. The parents never seemed overly concerned and rarely buckled to the pressure. No kid can stop breathing on his own.
How many others, like me, are holding their breath while trying to convince themselves that they don’t need to breathe, even though they inherently know the power and life of a deep breath?
It’s time to draw close and breathe in. He is waiting. He has always been waiting.
“Then the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.” Genesis 2:7
We will get through this together!
In His service and at yours!