And Inconvenient God

By Rev. Cindy Marino

It’s no secret that I love my dogs.  Pastors are told they need to have ‘hobbies.’  So, I consider my dogs to be my ‘hobby.’  That gets me off the hook when my District Superintendent asks the old ‘self-care’ question. 

I recall one morning not too long ago, I was working on my laptop in the family room. Annie, the little white, on the plump side, fluffy one, was curled up beside me on the sofa.  She had labored long and hard to churn my velvety soft throw into a nest and was now cozy and content, having earned her place. 

Enter Kate, my 60-pound rescue who is now 18 months old. Without warning, Kate decided to join us. Annie went flying, nap disrupted, life probably flashing before her eyes. She looked at Kate with a face of bewilderment, quickly and then annoyance. And then playtime ensued as the two chased one another around the house. Score one for Kate! 
Kate is our disrupter. She hasn’t yet settled into the pattern of laziness Annie and I enjoy. We all need a disrupter in our lives. It’s just too easy to be comfortable and content and to miss the challenge and the joy of opening our lives to someone who thinks and acts a little differently.

The greatest disrupter ever was Jesus. He pulled the blanket out from under those who had nested themselves into a comfortable life of exclusion. He spread the blanket of compassion across the world reaching the forgotten and lonely, tugging at the hearts of those with more than their share. He was indeed an inconvenient addition to the life of those who were comfortable and content. But He was the longed-for savior for those who could acknowledged their need.

This season of Lent, let us allow the love of God, in the gift of Jesus Christ, through the real presence of Christ in the Holy Spirit, to disrupt our comfort, to convict us of our need and expand our sphere of care. Let us allow the changes we experience to take us deeper into all God asks of us. Let us watch for the joy that ensues when we participate in the mission before us, however disheveled we might feel. May playful and loving relationships be yours as you contemplate your relationship with our Inconvenient God during this Lenten season and beyond.