December 7, 2009

Church Experiment #49: Thinplace and Maproom

I’m concerned. A little over nine years into my faith journey, I’m afraid I can no longer connect with God in a supernatural way.

Sunday evening, I decided to attend an event at Taza Coffee Shop in Clifton called (Thinplace and) Maproom. I went because I knew the event would be experiential. No message or choir. No tithing or announcements. Simply an environment to experience God. Something I desperately needed.

I walked in and found low lighting and peaceful music playing in the background. Throughout the building, there were a dozen stations set up, all involving a unique meditative experience. A handful of people were wandering around the first floor and a couple more were upstairs. I made my way from station to station (these were all individual activities). Some were pretty cool. Some weren’t my cup of tea. I participated in about half of the exercises.

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samarahuel said...

This sounds cool, that's for sure. I remember the church I used to go to in the states doing a thing much like the map prayer station. You reminded me of that and gave me the idea to set up something similar in my home to remind me to pray for certain people and places. I have seen people display a map showing all the places they've visited, but I'd rather pray for people than remind myself how well-traveled (or not) I am.

bound4glory said...

Did my name get on the ornament? :-)

To tell you the truth I am experiencing the same connection problem. Yesterday my pastor called it the dry spell. When God wants us to draw closer Him in intimacy. He is waiting for us and has all the time in the world. We have a tendency to want a relationship based on our needs and not His desires. We struggle with controlling our lives and make decisions thinking it's Gods but we know it's not. That was not a message I wanted to hear but needed to hear.

I pray that we all experience a fresh relationship with God as we humble ourselves before Him.

God Bless and Keep the Faith.

Lydia said...

So glad that you are looking at your relationship with God and yourself head-on. May we all be so honest with ourselves.

I have to say, I have been following your blog for quite some time, and I will miss your posts. However, I am so glad that you will soon be entering a church home where you can be nurtured and nurture others (even the pain-in-the-neck Christians).

I wanted to make one comment about not liking other Christians, etc. I think it is the same in anything. When I was living life in the bars, I didn't like LOTS of the bar-goers. In college, there were a bunch of other students that I couldn't abide, and so on. I guess where ever you are, and whoever you are with, there will be those that annoy. :}

Hope you have a good week!

ylmurph said...

ahhh sweet, sweet honesty. It's refreshing to read your weblog.

I, of course, am referencing your Golden Girls friendships...

stephanie said...

Your comment about your relationship with God being more like a buddy sounds familiar to e.I think I do it because it's easier, because I understand me. I know my limits. Making God like me means I don't push myself. Reminds me of a great song lyric:

I repent of trading truth for false unity

I repent of confusing peace and idolatry

Of caring more of what they think than what I know of what they need

And domesticating You until You look just like me

I am wrong, and of these things I repent

Anonymous said...

interesting blog

Jen - Mom of 4 said...

I recently heard a sermon that talked about our trying to connect with God, and how we all with go thru a variety of phases. The pastor mentioned he had read an article (and now of course I can't find the article!) about Mother Teresa. She was asked if she felt God's presence during her life time. Her answer was very interesting - At first she did, she felt it strongly, then one day it went a way and she was driven to do her work in part to gain that connection with God again. She was constantly searching for it and even toward the end it eluded her .

I do believe that there are times when God does make his presence clearly known (like the time when you were in the car when you missed your to visit Jesus Christ University) and times when he realizes we have to figure this out for ourselves. I know that when I allow my kids to learn something on their own it tends to stay with them 100 times longer than if I constantly tell them about it(although, my oldest would probably call it nagging :0).

I too will miss this journey - it's been a wonderful ride and I have loved reading all the comments. Well, excluding how I can earn money! :0)