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Jen Pollock Michel

( author + writer + speaker )

First Published Excerpt of Teach Us to Want

"Often we find ourselves in situations that don’t immediately seem desirable: a surprise pregnancy, as an example, or singleness or childlessness or unemployment or divorce. Struggle is an apt word for describing what happens in between the moments when God meets us with these unwanted surprises and we relent to his goodness—between God’s Word says it and I believe it. Struggle, in fact, is prerequisite to surrender because it necessarily signals that a battle has raged before the raising of a white flag. If it were true that struggle, even desire, were of no estimation in the life of faith, if that all that mattered to God was obedience, no matter how mechanical, we would have an abridged version of the Scriptures. We could eliminate all the red-blooded men and women who want and pray - men like Abraham, women like Hannah. We could strike from our canon the stories of men and women who struggled to make sense of God’s call, and didn’t, at least initially, want to follow. And while we’re at it, we could do away with the confusion of the Garden of Gethsemane where the Son of God struggled to bear the enormity of surrender, where he prayed with the desire that God remove from him the cup of suffering (see Matthew 26:36-46)."

Taken from Teach Us to Want by Jen Pollock Michel. Copyright (c) 2014 by Jen Pollock Michel. Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, P.O. Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 60515-1426.

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