Andy Stanley ends his book, Making Vision Stick, with this quote:
“If you are consumed with the tension between what is and what could be… if you find yourself emotionally involved… frustrated… brokenhearted… maybe even angry about the way things are… if you believe that God is behind your anguish… then chances are you are on the brink of something divine, something too important to abandon.”
This was very timely for me to read yesterday, and the thought has been bouncing around my cardio-cranial edges all day. I am consumed with the tension he’s speaking of… I am frustrated with what is and the comfortable satisfaction therein… I am brokenhearted for those who will never know what could be because my/our comfort has robbed them of us sharing the hope we have… I’m even angry at systems and complacency that keep thing the way they are…
The question then, is whether it is God behind my anguish, or only me? I wonder sometimes if I’m the only one so frustrated… and if so, then what?
I don’t think I’m alone… so, now what?