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Being Discontent Without God: Brief Lesson from a Desperate Cat (S1:E6)

January 13, 2020 Geoff Holsclaw
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Being Discontent Without God: Brief Lesson from a Desperate Cat (S1:E6)
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The God With Us Podcast
Being Discontent Without God: Brief Lesson from a Desperate Cat (S1:E6)
Jan 13, 2020
Geoff Holsclaw

Too often we think God is fine with us being separated from him.  But too often it is us who are happy to have things between us and God. It is us who are content to be distant.  

But can we—like our cat, Johnny—become desperate to be next to God, interested in what God is interested in, and discontent to be distant from God?

Cyd offers a brief reflection on trying to follow hard after God. 

Where are you feeling distant from God? And how can you press through into God’s presence, the presence that God always offers to us.


And please CHECH OUT Does God Really Like Me? Discovering the God Who Wants to Be With Us.

"In a world dominated by feelings of deficiency and distress, we badly need to hear the message of this book." ~ James Bryan Smith, author of The Good and Beautiful God


Please join the God With Us Podcast Community(on Slack), where you'll get updates, resources, and be able to continue the conversation, and even help us plan future episodes.

Show Notes Transcript

Too often we think God is fine with us being separated from him.  But too often it is us who are happy to have things between us and God. It is us who are content to be distant.  

But can we—like our cat, Johnny—become desperate to be next to God, interested in what God is interested in, and discontent to be distant from God?

Cyd offers a brief reflection on trying to follow hard after God. 

Where are you feeling distant from God? And how can you press through into God’s presence, the presence that God always offers to us.


And please CHECH OUT Does God Really Like Me? Discovering the God Who Wants to Be With Us.

"In a world dominated by feelings of deficiency and distress, we badly need to hear the message of this book." ~ James Bryan Smith, author of The Good and Beautiful God


Please join the God With Us Podcast Community(on Slack), where you'll get updates, resources, and be able to continue the conversation, and even help us plan future episodes.

Cyd:   0:00
How can you tell when someone really likes you? Give you a second to think about that? How do you know when someone really likes you? This is Sid in Jeff pulls cloth and welcome to the God with us podcast, where we are exploring God's presence and purpose in everyday life. If you have trouble imagining how you can connect with God in your ordinary moments, then please join the conversation. We're glad to have you. Actually, this podcast is a little different because it's just me. Today, Jeff is madly working on a whole bunch of other things, and I just wanted to take a moment to give you an update on why you're not seeing weekly episodes coming from us as we had fully intended when we started this podcast, a couple of things that our lives have changed, which you probably don't know anything about. One is that Jeff's mom moved here from Colorado in the fall, and that was just like two months ago. Maybe, and so we were spending a lot of energy getting her settled and still trying to podcast at the same time. However, the thing that's really been taking our time lately is preparing for the release of the book that we wrote together called Does God really like me discovering the God Who Wants to Be with Us? Ah, we're really excited about the book. It took us all of 2018 to write the book, and we moved halfway through that process. And then we've spent all of 2019 editing it and working on illustrations with an artist. Anyway, it's really exciting because the book is being released on Tuesday, January 21st. If I didn't say that already, we wrote the book because we've had several conversations with people where it would become clear that people believed that God loves them because he has thio. But could God possibly like me? And so when you think about it, I mean, how can you tell when someone really likes you? I'll give you a second to think about that. How do you know when someone really likes you? Well, I know someone really likes me when they want to be with me. Um, when they say nice things about me to other people, when they want me to meet their friends, like if they want to introduce me to the people that they care about when they show me affection, whether it's in words or in gifts or even in hugs or, you know, putting just being happy to see me and when they invite me to participate in what they care about, like if they want me to know what they care about and want me to see it in action. And those are all things that we see God doing all throughout the story of Scripture that he says nice things about us and he wants us to be in community with other friends of his in other believers. He shows us affection and he wants to be with us, and he invites us to participate in what he loves to do, which is to bless the whole world into flourish. Life everywhere. Um, but I also was thinking this morning as I was thinking about the release of the book and as I was thinking about just what God has been up to in our lives lately, and I was trying to focus and to settle in, to spend some time in prayer, and meanwhile I had my office door closed and outside of my office door was Johnny our Cat, which we have talked about in other episodes. And Johnny was sitting outside of my door whining and complaining and just crying for attention. And I was initially annoyed and frustrated because he does this often. But then I thought about, you know, Johnny continues to be Ah, model for me in my life with God, and what I mean by that is that Johnny is an unusual cat in that he follows us around. He wants to be with us. We talked about him before is that he's the cat who believes that he belongs. So he will follow you around the house, waiting for you to turn and give him affection. He really acts more like a dog than Cat Um, but he really wants to be with us. And so when he is separated from my presence, when I'm sitting in my office with both of my door's closed, he it's supposed to be the dining room in our house, and so it has thes doors that close it off from the living room and from the kitchen. And when I'm sitting in there and he can't get in, he's not happy about it. He's miserable about it because he knows he belongs in my presence and he can't get to me. And so he actively calls out for me. He actively reminds me that he wants to be with me. And I think about that in our lives with God, in that there are things that we do in our own lives that cause us to, um, feel separated from God, whether that's in carrying unforgiveness or resentment or whether that's holding on Thio discontent er or when we're not honest with God, when we're trying to put on a show and pretend that we have it all together and we're not actually being honest with God, those kinds of things can become like doors or walls in our lives. And then we find ourselves on the other side, separated from God's presence somehow, and I want to be like Johnny, and I want to be really discontent with that, and I want to be aware that I have somehow removed myself or separated myself and that God is on the other side of the door, and I don't want to be content to have that door separate us and God doesn't want the door to be there, and God didn't put the door there. But by me, um, holding bitterness or unforgiveness or or swallowing and discontent, I have found myself unable to connect with God. And so it's that crying out that Miao ing of Johnny that reminded me of the discipline and the practice of gratitude, of reminding myself of all of the ways that God has been faithful in the past of all of the ways that God has been present with me and rehearsing those and speaking those out loud and practicing those such that the door is open again and I find that God has always been there, is always waiting, is always present with me. And likewise when you know following after God, pursuing God, wanting to know what God is up to and wanting to join him in that Johnny does want to know what's going on. It's almost like he's like a toddler. He wants to be up at eye level so that he can see what you're doing up on the kitchen counter, or he wants to be right in the middle of the book that you're reading, Um, and So it's like I want I want to follow hard after God like that. Pursue what? God is up to you and I want to do what God is doing. And I want to be interested in what God is interested in. And so that's just a little thought that I was thinking about Johnny this morning. So I guess I just want to offer to you as our faithful listeners, Um, where are you May be feeling distant from God. And how might you open that door or push that door open? Or how might you be following and pursuing God today and finding out what God is up to and and joining him in that So thank you so much for being our faithful listeners. Thank you for sticking with us. Thank you for giving us your feedback on what you're thinking of things. And we just hope that you'll join us in praying for this book release. Um, I was just praying this morning that the Holy Spirit would just be in every page of our book so that wherever this book goes and whoever holds it or even just picks it up in a bookstore, um whoever even glances at it in their Amazon Carter than their browsing, whatever that the Holy Spirit would just, um, surprise people with the presence of God and invite them into a deeper and fully understanding of his great delight, Um, in who each and every one of his creatures are. So if you would be willing to join us in praying for that, that would be also fabulous. That's why we wrote the book. We're hoping people can be encouraged and transformed in the presence of God. So thanks again for listening. Join us on the slack channel, share our pot. You know, find the subscribe to the podcast where you can find all the things that Geoff usually says at the end of the show that I don't remember. You know, all the stuff. Do all the stuff. All right. Thanks so much. You guys