The first thing that I really, really like is this cover. Proving that sometimes, contrary to what your teacher said, you can judge a book by its cover. This one looks so three dimensional that I kept touching the wax seal just to check that it was indeed still a smooth two dimensional cover. Alas, it never changed, nor did I tire of checking. As the cover would indicate, Invitations from God: Accepting God’s Offer to Rest, Weep, Forgive, Wait, Remember and More by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun explores some of the invitations we receive in life — both those wanted and unwanted.
As one who has more natural bent toward leading than following, this passage was appropriately challenging:
My experience with following indicates that it can be even more difficult than leading. Following requires humility, risk, attention, awareness and guts. It means serving someone else’s agenda and following her or his cues. Following requires that I let go of my own way and trail the leader. But everything in me resists trailing behind someone else, especially when I think I can make my own way or lead just as well. Following for any length of time tests both character and steadfastness.
Do I hear an Amen? Or am I the only one who sees herself reflected in these words? Calhoun is honest about why we might not want some of these invitations, yet the benefits if we will accept them. The idea of God inviting me into areas such as rest, waiting, admitting I am wrong, or practicing the presence of people is comforting. He’s inviting. Will I accept? Will you?