“We have an improper perspective of our role in the creative process. We are called by God and placed here by God to create the future. We’re trying so hard not to infringe into God’s sovereign space that we sit passively by until the future happens to us and we must respond to it.”
–Erwin McManus, pastor from Mosaic Church. I’m pretty sure it’s not a word-for-word quote, but you get the idea…
I think it’s a much needed reminder that while God is capable of doing anything He wants to and is indeed ultimately in control, He continually chooses to use people as His hands and feet in the world; to “be Jesus” to a world in need of love, healing and rescue…
The unfortunate flip side of this is that He has allowed, and will continue to allow, bad things to happen to people… even good, innocent people. And it seems to me that rather than asking God where He was in the midst of a tragedy, maybe we should be asking ourselves: where were we?
Reminds me of a song I heard recently, called “Help Me Out Here” by The Cobalt Season. (I just saw them live, by the way, and if they are ever coming through your area, I HIGHLY recommend checking them out).
“Where do we go from here? God only knows
Or perhaps that’s just a bunch bullshit spiritual prose
Perhaps we’re the ones we’ve been waiting for
Perhaps God has been just waiting at our door
He’s waiting at the door”
(HT: CatalystSpace Blog)