John March recommended Wild Goose Chase so I picked it up from the library. Basically I do whatever he says, I’m just a puppet.
The Wild Goose is the Holy Spirit and the chase is pursuing “the Spirit’s leading through life.”
At the end of each chapter are a series of questions. I thought I would blog my answers to these questions until it becomes too personal. (Update: Please note that I have decided to make all the other Wild Goose Chase posts protected. You will need to be registered and logged in to see them.)
The first chapter is named “Yawning Angels” because the author, Mark Batterson, wonders if angels have the capacity to get bored and if they did would our guardian angels yawn as they view our safe lives.
What’s your reaction to the Celtic description of God as the “Wild goose” – untamed, unpredictable, flying free?
I like it. It reminds me that the Holy Spirit is about adventure, leaving your comfort zone. But sometimes this illustration can be misleading, as my friend Amy reminded me, because in the end it’s really the Holy Spirit pursuing us, trying to get us to follow Christ. Also a wild goose chase is a “purposeless endeavor without a defined destination” but as the author points out, with the Holy Spirit it “sometimes seems hopeless, but rest assured, God is working his plan.”
How have you been living “inverted Christianity,” trying to get God to serve your purposes instead of you serving His purposes?
Was there another way?
Right now, where are you on this spectrum?
I am pretty far right on the playing it safe spectrum. I can’t really think of any risks I’m taking for God.
How does this call to spiritual adventure strike you? What is it inside you that resonates with that call?
Well, I always liked the Stephen Curtis Chapman song “The Great Adventure.” Seriously adventure is always appealing especially when you don’t consider the costs and risks. But then you end up playing it safe.
Of the six cages described at the end of the chapter, which do you think might apply to you the most and why?
The six cages are the following.
- cage of responsibility
- cage of routine
- cage of assumptions
- cage of guilt
- cage of failure
- cage of fear
I think the cage that applies to me the most is the cage of assumptions. I’m too old. It’s too late. I have three young children so I can’t do anything beyond the norm. The cage of responsibility also applies to me too.
What is your cage?