Day 9: The God App

A key to learning how to run was the discovery of the Couch to 5K app I purchased for my iPod. It took me a long time to buy running shoes, but this $2.99 app was a no-brainer.

The app keeps track of the Couch to 5K timing, alerting me when it’s time to walk or run.

The photos show Week 4, Day 2:

Warmup walk — 5 minutes

Run — 3 minutes

Walk — 1.5 minutes

Run — 5 minutes

Walk — 2.5 minutes

Run — 3 minutes

Walk — 1.5 minutes

Run — 5 minutes

Cooldown walk — 5 minutes

Can you see how helpful the app is? I’m pretty sure if I had to keep track of how many minutes I had walked and how many times I had run, I wouldn’t be writing this series because I would have given up. It was hard enough to learn to run without having to keep track of those details.

Instead the app keeps track of everything for me. When it’s time to switch from running to walking, a voice tells me, “Run!” or “Walk!”

So, of course, I got to thinking. Wouldn’t it be nice if I could purchase a God app? I’ve always thought God should get email or at least snail mail, but apps seem to be the wave of the future.

I did check the Apple App Store and found an app that promises to help you “connect with God more closely while you workout.” That’s not exactly what I’m looking for.

I want a direct connection to God. I want an app that will map out the plan, keep track of how far I have to go, and alert me when I need to change course. Turn here. Do this. Stop doing that. I want Him to tell me what to do. Just give me a list. I’m willing. Just tell me. Please.

Sure, there are very clear commands in the Bible. They are good things like do not kill and do not steal. Love your neighbor. Love God.

But then there are other things that are less clear. What should I do for work? Who should I marry? Who should I help with the resources I have? And how exactly do I love my neighbor?

Those are the questions a God app could help answer.

But the truth is, God doesn’t want to direct us like an app that speaks into our ears saying, “Walk. Run. Turn left. March.”

He cares more about relationship. That’s why He sent His Son.

But relationships can be hard. They get messy. I want easy. I want a God app.

He doesn’t want us to be His little puppets on a string. That’s why He invites to follow Him. An invitation we are able to decline. An invitation I want to accept, so I continue to seek relationship with Him.

And while He doesn’t tell us in the Bible what to do for work, He does tell us to do everything for His glory. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

He doesn’t tell us who to marry, but He tells us to submit to one another. (Ephesians 5:21)

He doesn’t tell me how many children to have, but He tells me to view them as a gift. (Psalm 127:3)

He doesn’t tell us exactly how to love our neighbor, but does tell a story that shows us an example. (Luke 10:25-37)

There have been a thousand whispers from my heart, “Show me, Jesus.  Show me how to follow you, be close to you, press into you, be more like you… show me.  Show me today.  Show me in this minute.  Show me, please Jesus, show me.”

A thousand whispers.  And there will surely be thousands more.  For Jesus isn’t One to be figured out.  And closeness isn’t something that can ever be explained.

He simply says, “Follow me.”  And those who dare to whisper and then walk, find Him.

— Lysa TerKeurst, I Was Her blog post, March 31, 2011

Sometimes as we walk to follow Jesus, whispering for Him to show us the way, we might just hear Him whisper in return, “Run.”

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