Did you ever ask someone to meet you halfway on something? I’m big on compromise. I won’t compromise my beliefs, but when I’m having a dispute with someone, I always try to look for a middle ground, a way both sides can get what they want, or at least some of what they want.
When I’m thinking about faith and about how God works, however, I don’t think He’s much of a compromiser. When it comes to His will, another phrase I remember from years ago seems to apply. It’s His way or the highway. But what is His way?
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” –Luke 15:20b
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” –Romans 5:8
Thankfully, for us, God doesn’t meet us halfway. I’ve asked Him to do so more than once, and what I have found is that God’s way is to meet me more than halfway. The verse above from Luke comes from the parable of the prodigal son. Even though the son wasted his entire inheritance (kind of like humanity ruined God’s perfect creation with sin), the father (who represents God) runs to meet him and accept him back into the family. When the son asks to be an employee in the father’s house to escape his poverty, the father fully restores his position as son instead. This is what Christ did for all humanity in sacrificing himself on the cross even in the middle of all humanity’s sin. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that God meets me more than halfway in light of these Biblical examples, but it still surprises me and brings me to my knees in praise time after time.
Last week, I recommitted to writing as call from God after going through a period of “I can’t”s and excuses. From the very first time I prayed for the strength and perserverence to continue on this writing journey, God has been opening doors and clearing the path ahead of me. First, my husband helped remove my self-imposed roadblocks through a pointed, but necessary conversation. Next, I have found several encouraging and helpful groups online and an accountability partner that I’m very excited about. These relationships and this sense of community have been missing in my writing life. I have always been fiercely independent, but what I once thought was a strength has begun to hinder me at times. I’m learning to reach out to others for help when I come to an impasse, rather than pulling back and feeling defeated.
I hope these examples of how God has met me more than halfway will encourage you in your own relationship with Him. Please share in the comments how God has met you more than halfway. You don’t have to register or be a subscriber to comment; I have set the comments to be open to anyone (although it may take me a little bit of time to moderate the comment so that it is viewable by everyone). Of course, if you want to subscribe, I welcome that, too!