Colleen is back!  This week with a very important message from God…Listen Up!

I love the movie, “The Color Purple”. I love the cast. I love the writing. I love the singing. I love it all. And there’s a couple things I think about often from that movie. One of them is the color purple. And the notion that God gets upset with us when we don’t notice His really amazing feats. Like a bunch of purple wild flowers in the middle of a field. How beautiful something like that is. And how amazing He is for having created it.

But the other thing is the persistent message in the movie that God is trying to tell us something. Right now. Right now. Right now! And we’d better wake up and listen.

Recently, in one week (maybe two) I got no fewer than 3 different invitations from people trying to bring me closer to God. One a neighbor bringing me daily prayer books and offering to sponsor me in my church’s initiation program (Catholicism). The other a friend uncomfortably forcing me to allow her to work through a particularly difficult psalm with me. And a third offer to pray with me.

Now, I’m not the most observant. And I’m not the smartest person. But you’d have to be a blind moron to have missed this message! And apparently what He’s trying to tell me is that we’ve been too distant for too long. That He’s not just an acquaintance but my Father and our relationship needs a little work.

It also reminds me of the joke…

A religious man is on top of a roof during a great flood. A man comes by in a boat and says “get in, get in!” The religious man replies, ” no I have faith in God, he will grant me a miracle.”

Later the water is up to his waist and another boat comes by and the guy tells him to get in again. He responds that he has faith in god and god will give him a miracle. With the water at about chest high, another boat comes to rescue him, but he turns down the offer again cause “God will grant him a miracle.”

With the water at chin high, a helicopter throws down a ladder and they tell him to get in, mumbling with the water in his mouth, he again turns down the request for help for the faith of God. He arrives at the gates of heaven with broken faith and says to Peter, I thought God would grand me a miracle and I have been let down.” St. Peter chuckles and responds, “I don’t know what you’re complaining about, we sent you three boats and a helicopter.”

So, thank you very much! I hear you! I’m listening! And I accept your boats AND your helicopter.