What’s God doing in your life?

It’s a question I hear often, “So….what’s God doing in your life?”

The thought, I’m sure, is honest and genuine, but a proper response is often hard to come up with. You see, I’m a pastor and God is supposed to be doing something amazing in my life all the time. Aren’t I really close to God? Doesn’t he hang out with me on weekends?

The question, although sincere and honest, often leaves me struggling for a response. I hate to tell the person asking about my walk with God, “Well, I have no idea what God’s doing in my life right now. Frankly it feels like a giant train wreck, I don’t sense his presence and don’t feel like I’ve heard from him in a long time.” Imagine the open mouths at that response. But, it’s an honest response.

Somehow there is the sense that a pastor, someone who “knows God personally,” should have something mystical, existential, really amazing going on all the time. It’s just not my reality. There are periods of time when I don’t get any new insights, don’t sense God’s presence, don’t “feel spiritual,” and frankly feel rather cold and hard in my faith.

It’s difficult…this walk with God. It’s difficult because we are in a society of the warm tingles, instant gratification, instant response to our requests, service….RIGHT NOW, but walking with God isn’t that way. At least it’s not that way for me. The walk often feels lonely, sometimes is difficult, and always is unpredictable.

How can you answer, “what’s God doing in your life?” when you don’t even know? And so, I try my best to talk about the last good thing I remember, but maybe I should be more honest, more transparent about what this walk with God really looks like. Maybe others would feel comforted by the knowledge that it’s not always easy for me either.

Maybe I just did that.

7 thoughts on “What’s God doing in your life?”

  1. Thank you so much for sharing. I feel the same way as you do and it’s nice to know I’m not the only one. Thanks again!

  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. I often feel that moments that I am most aware of what God is doing in my life -- are when I share my faith with others. Hope this helps someone.

  3. I am becoming more hungry for the knowledge and understanding of the word of God. The more I read the more I want to know. Right now he is blessing me with the tools right at my fingertips to do so. With that being said im grateful for webstites like these to provide a place for me to listen to christian music and read good spiritual blogs. May God Continue To Bless Us All

  4. Wow. I have never gone up to a pastor and asked such a question. What would you answer? God is doing some fabulous things in my life. Some I am aware of and some I am not until later and I look back to see it woven in through things. He is always making things work together for His glory and good whether I can see it or not. But He is not just a “single event” God! He is the definition of a multi-tasker. Where would you even begin to answer that question. What is He doing in my life? He is loving me with an awesome love, every minute of everyday. What more do you need?

  5. I was kind of where, I guess its Mike that posted, is but for different reasons; God was and is stirring things up but I was still focusing on what went wrong. I read something about praising God in every situation and I began to look for God in the little things in everyday life. Its amazing that where you put your energy, your effort, your thinking your focus, in looking for God, you will usually find him. I started being thankful for my family, my home, the food on my table, the parking spot close to the store, or far away so I could walk; For my friends, the opurtunities the Lord had put in front of me and the lessons I’ve had the opurtunity to learn with my failures. I’m not saying this is the answer for you, but sometimes we don’t see God because we aren’t looking for Him hard enough; I can’t always feel Him, but I found that once I started looking for Him, I found Him. Blessings!

  6. good words Bret….I can relate……….kinda goes with that stuff Jesus accused the Pharisees of!I would trust a man, especially a Pastor, more if he tells me God is working with him, because that means he is most likely closer to God and more likely to be in tune with God…kinda like a guy who tells his wife he doesn’t need to ask for directions-and then gets lost. (now I wonder how I would know about that) I would be more confident in a Pastor that isn’t too proud to ask for directions!

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