Several weeks ago I wrote about the “Confessions of a Man and His Lawn”. I got a few personal comments and it seems as though some didn’t quite get what I was talking about. Let me explain two things that I got from that experience:

1. It was somewhat an alegory or parable, but it really happened. The meaning? We are our lawn – we change as we get older – so don’t assume things will always be the same or you might make a mistake. Our walk with the Lord is not the same as it was last year, or any year for that matter. God fellowships with us in the present, and our hearts have new “roots” and “stumps” that may hinder that fellowship. Roots and stuff that were not there before. So – the lesson? Be careful that you do not assume things are the same as before when it comes to your self or – your lawn.

2. The second thing was a little more critical. I have not been the kind of person who tries to get a spiritual meaning out of every experience and situation in life. (That’s why fellowshipping with God while mowing my lawn was great.) That has been my loss, and I’m changing bit by bit. You see, God wants to fellowship with us. We all know that. So why not live out our lives as though he is right their to interact with us as we experience life? What a novel idea! In fact I think that is exactly what he wants. Jesus came to open that door of fellowship with the Father.

So why do we think we need to conjure him up? Why do we think we have to travel to some special “spiritual” happening to get close to God? Why do we think we have to fall into some ecstatic trance or experience some transcendent mystical event in order to fellowship with our creator? It seems to me that Jesus came to eliminate all that mumbo-jumbo, the religious posturing, having to “go up to the mountain to worship him” kind of thing. Jesus brought our relationship and fellowship to a normative level that is to be as every day as fellowshipping with our spouse, our friend, our brother.

I don’t think jesus wants us to strive for some esoteric, mystical experience – because then that’s all we get, and the baggage that comes with this kind of thing makes “knowing Him” out of reach to those who are hungry for Him. Imagine if your children or our spouse would have to go through some of the dramatics and actions that many believers do to get into your presence in order to hear from you! Could it be that the enemy has convinced us that we must enter into some “special zone” to hear from God so that when we do, we fall into the prideful trap of thinking that it was our ability or disciplines that got us there? Or could it be that the enemy has convinced us that this intimacy is only reserved for a select few to experience? Jesus came to destroy that kind of thinking (religion) and restored to us a relationship that allows us to walk together with God in our garden (our daily life) – or maybe even while we mow our lawn!