Monday, April 5, 2010

What are you talking about?

This weekend I took a journey to another time and place as I watched Fiddler on the Roof for the first time. Now, I did have to watch it in three sections as I did not have one large 3 ½ hour chunk in my day to watch it all at once, regardless I am so glad that I did!

If you’re not familiar with the story, let me recap a little. Tevye, his wife and their five daughters live in a small village of Anatevka in Ukraine on the eve of the Russian Revolution. Tevye is a poor milkman whose daughters begin to make increasingly unconventional choices that move further and further from tradition. This forces Tevye to decide if he’s flexible to change or if he will stay rigid in the traditions he has always known.

Several times throughout the movie, Tevye loads up his donkey and walks around the village delivering the milk for the day. As he does, we’re privy to some of the conversations that Tevye has with God. Tevye talked with God about his joys, his struggles, thoughts and ideas…pretty much everything! What stood out the most about that was the perfect balance between familiarity and reverence that Tevye had for God. He was fully aware of the deity he was speaking to, but knew God intimately enough to be real with Him.

Tevye also included in God in almost every conversation he had. He would take a minute to pause, consider the situation and chat with God about it for a minute. Now in the movie this would ‘freeze frame’ the other person while he talked it out with God to make the conversation he was having in his head make sense to the audience. It was as if he was measuring each situation against God’s yard stick to see what he should do.

All of Tevye’s conversations with the Lord were one sided, but Tevye had faith that the God he loved was listening to him even if he didn’t get what he was asking for. He was content with whatever the Lord gave him… joy, struggles, love and heartbreak. He would make comments like “Riches are the evil of the world, oh if I could only be so cursed! I would carry that affliction all of my days…” Tevye talked with the Lord as if He were a friend while always maintaining the respect that the Lord is due.

So, what do your conversations with God sound like these days? Do you tell Him the feelings that are in your heart or do you assume He already knows? Are you sharing joys and hurts with Him? Is God your best friend or an acquaintance that you run into once a week? He longs for you to be real and talk with Him. Be honest if you’re angry with Him, He can take it! Share the things that bring you joy as well as the things that scare you. He’s waiting to talk with you…

Be blessed,

“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:12-13


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