This week you’ll be hearing from our guest blogger, Margaret Feinberg. Margaret is the keynote speaker for this year’s Oklahoma Ladies’ Retreat coming April 15-16 to Falls Creek Conference Center. We wanted to introduce you to Margaret so you’ll be familiar with her. Welcome Margaret!
All too often I find myself tempted to live a distracted life. You know the kind- the one where within the busyness of life you still manage to perform the stand-up, sit-down, clap, clap, clap of regular church attendance, hope for a new nugget of knowledge or insight from the weekly sermon and check off a random, albeit short, list of acts of kindness.
That’s when the hunger appears in my belly and overtakes my soul, grumbling that there must be more. More of God not only to understand but discover.
Deep down inside, I still hunger for a true, pure relationship with the Organic God – the One True God.
While organic is usually associated with food grown without chemical-based fertilizers or pesticides, organic is also used to describe a lifestyle: simple, healthful, and close to nature. Those are all things I desire in my relationship with God. I hunger for simplicity. I want to approach God in childlike faith, wonder and awe. I long for more than just spiritual life but spiritual health – whereby my soul is not just renewed and restored but becomes a source of refreshment for others.
I want to discover God again, anew, in a fresh way. I want my love for him to come alive so that my heart dances at the very thought of him. I want a real relationship with him – a relationship that isn’t altered by perfumes, additives, chemicals, or artificial flavors that promise to make it sweeter, sourer, or tastier than it really is. I want to know a God who in all his fullness would allow me to know him. I want a relationship that is real, authentic, and life-giving even when it hurts. I want to know God stripped of as many false perceptions as possible. Such a journey risks exposure, honesty, and even pain, but I’m hungry and desperate enough to go there.
In some regards, the journey to know God isn’t too different from a first encounter with someone you’ve never met. I want to know what God looks like and what his interests are. I wan to know his likes and dislikes. I want to know what makes him tick and also what ticks him off. I want to fall in love all over again. I want to know God.
I want to know the Organic God.
Margaret Feinberg is a popular speaker and author. Visit her website at www.margaretfeinberg.com, become a fan on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter @mafeinberg.