In the Hot Tub with God

May 25, 2004

[wild hot tub party]I've been pretty blue for a couple of days — must be "that time of month". Having such episodes may be a normal part of being unemployed, but there comes a point when Kay says, "Jon, you need to talk with God today." I think, "Urgh, I don't want to talk with anybody."

But after singing an old song (8th century Irish) and reading a Psalm, I felt God calling me to take a dip outside in the hot tub. The hot tub is a holy place; for some reason I can hear God better during a nice soak. So why don't I use it more often, for that purpose? Well, after sitting in awkward silence for a while, that's where God started…

God: Why have you been avoiding me?
Me: Because I hate you.

(more awkward silence)

Me: No, that's not true. You know I love you.
God: I know. But do you know I love you?

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

7 responses to In the Hot Tub with God

  1. One time I felt that way. I popped in a Kutless CD and placed it on random song selection.
    These lyrics fell into place:

    Find a place of solitude, and I’ll speak to you
    As you pray to me
    Don’t you know I’m waiting here, waiting for you to
    read and hear my words
    I’m waiting here missing the time the times we shared
    oh, please come to me
    Why do you run why do you hide oh don’t you know I
    just, just wanna be with you, to be with you

    It almost sounded like God begging for my attention!

  2. None of us know how we’ll respond in the wilderness until God leads us there. Its quite reductive.

  3. Isn’t it amazing that He keeps coming after us. Who is this God who pursues His friends so well?

  4. (and yet MORE awkward silence?)

  5. Hey, Jon, was told you had a blog by Helen Bratko…great to find you! This post really made me laugh and nod my head.

  6. Berry: Absolutely amazing. “Oh to be the friend of God”
    Greg: Very funny. 😉
    Katherine: Hi! Good to “see” you, welcome to my blog! I’ll have to check yours out…

  7. Reminds me of a Yaconelli quote laying around smoewhere:
    There are a whole lot of people who are so freakin’ busy—they’ve so cluttered up their lives—they’re at their wits’ end. And if they’d only just stop for a minute, they could hear the God of the universe whisper to them, “I love you.”