Posted by: ritagone | March 2, 2011


I’ve been spending a lot of time writing about revolution in the last few Rita’s Ramblings.

Now I’m getting ready to fly next Tuesday to Madrid, via Washington, D.C., then on to Frankfurt, Germany, then finally to my final destination in Madrid to attend Christian Associates’ Leadership Summit there.

I hate this part of a trip.

I hate flying alone.

I hate worrying about my checked luggage and my flight connections and weather and whether or not I might get deathly ill on a flight and embarrass myself (this is a recurring fantasy or fear that I have).

You see, reading about revolution is one thing, the revolution of a nation, historic and sweeping and breathtaking in its scope where governments are changed and hopefully improved (but alas, often not).

But sometimes what we really need is a tiny little revolution of our own personal soul.  A revolution of awareness that what we claim to believe of scripture and of promises of God to us is really and fervently true.  That that belief can change the way we live and move through our lives, including the way we regard our travel experience.

I am discovering how much of a pragmatist I really am.  Cut to the bottom line: how can something make my life easier and better?  I can always come back to the beautiful, the flowery part of things, but first and foremost, I want to know the solid aspect of what’s in front of me.  It’s why I like prayer so much: give me something to pray about, because eventually I know there will be an answer to that prayer.  And I love that part of working with God.  I love that partnership aspect of the relationship with Him.  I keep a prayer journal – have done for decades – in which I record what I’m praying about each and every day.  And I keep with me the current prayer journal where I record what I’m praying about today as well as last year’s prayer journal so I can see what I was praying about on the same day last year.  Because I love seeing the answers to prayer in a year.  So many of them have been answered, it makes me want to pray more and more.  That pragmatic partnership with God thing, written and captured in a journal by my own hand.

I’m reading a book now by Nancy Pearcey called “Saving Leonardo,” and it has to do with how the secular world has impinged itself into every aspect of our lives for centuries because we have allowed it to do so.  Based on Francis Schaeffer’s two story approach to life, Pearcey believes along with Schaeffer that once you allow scientists and philosophers and artists and theologians to break everything down into two “stories,” upper and lower, putting science and “fact” into one story and religion and literature and art and faith into another story (I’m simplifying here, of course, for the sake of brevity), you have opened the door to a worldview that damages Christianity terribly.  And this is exactly what has happened.

Instead, God created the universe and our world to be one story, united, part of His whole, and once we get our heads around this truth, everything falls nicely into place: science, literature, art, politics, truth, justice, anything you can think of.

Now, this book is brilliant reading.  I have to have a quiet room, no distractions.  It isn’t easy going.  The previous book of Ms. Pearcey’s that I read a few years ago, “Total Truth,” still lingers in my mind as one of the great books of my reading list.  But I find myself wanting to get past the philosophical parts to the answer to my question: “What does this mean for my everyday life?”  How do I use this when I wake up on a Wednesday morning facing my fear of flying to Madrid by myself and all the old concerns and phobias whisper in my ear?

That’s what we all want, ultimately, isn’t it?  While the philosophy and theology is great, we’re really looking for a comforting pair of arms to hug us and welcome us and tell us that everything will be okay.  None of the “ologys” of the world can take the place of comfort and mercy and grace.

I hope that where you stand and walk today, you are feeling not only the truth of your theology – although that is undeniably important – but the grace of your God, because it’s the grace and peace that gets you through the fears and concerns of the day.

And I know that next Tuesday, when I get on the first flight of the three I’ll be taking, my Father will be with me, so that no matter what happens, I’ll be well taken care of.  I know it in my heart and in my head.  Now I just have to get that message to the pit of my stomach.

And because I’ll be traveling next Wednesday, there will be no Rita’s Ramblings.  I’m sure you, dear reader, will enjoy a week off, and perhaps you might instead send up a little prayer for our Leadership Summit outside of Madrid for that week.

Regards, Rita

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