What Does God Author?

I need to be direct: what does God author?

This incredibly powerful picture of Haystack Rock—my heaven on earth and in my last breath I hope I’m within eyesight of it—has a declaration that can lead to a notion.

I take it on. Directly. It’s the verb.

It says, “God uses uncertainty.”

That DOES NOT MEAN God provides uncertainty. That does not mean God gives uncertainty.

In other words, the only agency of uncertainty for God is that uncertainty is a human condition, a consequence of freedom, that we need God to confront and at least reduce if not remove.

In other words, evil…bad decisions…making mistakes…none of that is the agency of God.

I’ve battled that all my life because people, more than I can count, put EVERYTHING ON GOD’S SHOULDERS. THEY SEE GOD AS POINTING FINGERS AND TSSKING AT OUR WAYWARDNESS.

No, a thousand times no.

I will not believe let alone embrace a God who puts on us the plaguing of life. Sure, Exodus offers a twist on that. But I live in my world today.

And, my God is like Haystack Rock…a presence that is stable and reliable and trustworthy.

Okay. Smatter with cynicism, scoff with derision. I don’t really get caught up in your dismay. I get caught up in your mischief…and even more in mine!

My “NEED” for God is to never give up on me, to be merciful in judgment and to know that I’m okay. Down deep I’m okay…no matter what.

So. The untoward is not caused by God. It’s a REMINDER that my need for God…is real…in the worst moments…but also in the best moments. For God is needed to keep arrogance in the good times, and anguish in the bac times, from running things…let alone my life.

How are you with this? What I conclude is my hope…my goal…my belief that finding the cause of what happens is so less important than finding the purpose of what happens. What does it lead to? How about you?

About Mark H Miller

Diane and I live in Leander, Texas. This past June 17, 2015 I celebrated the 49th anniversary of my ordination. We returned to Texas after three years in Washington, during which I served as interim minister in Bellevue/Eastgate and Mercer Island. Am planning to begin a 5th novel that will have my protagonist, Tricia Gleason, serve a year in licensed ministry in Snoqualmie, Washington. The novel, "The Lemon Drop Didn't Melt," will find Tricia wrestling with ministry challenges. None of which more daunting than someone wanting her breathing to stop. All the published novels are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle under Mark Henry Miller. A primary goal in our return to Texas is to make sure grandchildren get lots of attention--here and in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Traveling is definitely an activity that will not slow down. With that, of course, fishing will happen. To that the t-shirt is apt, "I fish; therefore I am." In addition to novels, the book of Blogs, "Voice Of My Heart," is also available on Amazon.
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