Anything goes with God.

God can get by with all of it at any time.

God has complete freedom of movement,

and is unlimited by past actions,

or future possibilities–

standing armies,

or high mountain ranges.

You never know what’s what with God,

or what to expect from God.

God is the ultimate Trickster God.

Where God is concerned it is

Now you see it,

now you don’t.

You can’t count on anything with God.

It’s all a Great Mystery with God,

an Unfathomable Mystery

that can be best described with words like:


Unheard of!
























That’s God for you.

You never know with God.

Things are not as they appear to be—

are not what we think they are—

with God.

Death is life.

And life is death.

God is like the wind that blows where it will—

coming and going as it pleases.

With God, the rain falls on the just and unjust alike.

God raises the dead and leaves the dead to bury the dead.

God loves his-her-our-their enemies and kills his-her-our-their own son—

after setting aside human sacrifice for all time,

from Abraham on,

and saying “Thou Shalt Not Kill!”

to Moses and the Children of Israel.

God dies for a world that cares not for God,

and forsakes those who love him most.

You never know what’s what with God—

or how it will be.

That’s how it is with God.

“Invoked or not invoked, the God will be present!”

But, for what purpose?

To serve what end?

No one knows.

Not even God.

God surprises himself-herself-ourselves-themselves.

With God, all dichotomies are false dichotomies,

all categories are inclusive categories–

convenient and inaccurate concessions

to the sphere of space and time.

God is he-she-we-they,

and is completely free to do what needs to be done

in each situation as it arises,

in the moment as it unfolds before him-her-we-them

Without reference to anything that may have happened before,

or concern for anything that may happen afterward, in response,

as an outcome, as a consequence,

however many generations removed from the event in question.

There is no figuring out a God like God—

no calculating the percentages,

computing the odds,

and coming up with what to do to best protect ourselves,

and insure a rosy future

filled with what we like

And devoid of what we don’t like.

Not even God knows what to expect from God–

beyond being appropriate to the time and place

of his-her-our-their acting.

God dwells in deep darkness—

God arises from the depths of unconsciousness—

to astound and amaze,

confound and befuddle,

disturb and dumbfound,

even God.

God stuns God with God’s brilliance and lunacy,

and unprecedented unpredictability.

There is no pleasing a God like God—

Who plants where he-she-we-they does/do not plow,

and reaps what he-she-we-they does/do not sow—

who blesses and curses

the righteous and unrighteous alike,

without regard

for race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, prospects, references or point of origin.

we cannot hope to appease or placate a God like God.

Not even God knows beforehand

what it would take to make God happy

(Only after the fact, whether that was it or not).

The only way to “go with God”

is to BE God—to BE as God is—

and, of course, we can because we are!

Living out of our own sense of what is happening

and what needs to be done about it

in each situation as it arises,

in each moment as it unfolds,

and doing it without regard

for God and what God may, or may not, think or prefer—

or for human standards, traditions, customs, codes, laws and mores.

We can only live with our finger on the pulse of what is called for!

Learn to know it when we see it,

and do it when and where it occurs to us!

We can only strive to take care of business

the way business needs to be taken care of,

and let God like it or not.

So, go and do according to what resonates

with your own heart and soul,

and let that be the determining factor

guiding your choices,

informing your actions,

and directing your steps along the path

you deem to be your path.

Our place is to live our life

the way we conclude our life needs to be lived,

and let all of our outcomes

instruct us in the art

of knowing what needs to be done,

here and now,

and doing it,

all our life long–

and letting that be that,

the way God would do it

in our place.

Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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