A friend posted a video on her Facebook wall wherein Joanna Gaines, star of HGTV's Fixer Upper speaks about her Christian faith and how it has informed her life. I often find these kinds of testimonials grating. I'm not sure why--maybe because the people who give them come across as smug somehow? I don't know. Gaines' video, however, didn't affect me that way. Her sincerity and a sort of genuine humility and awe were present as she spoke.
The video did make me feel . . . isolated.
All throughout the video Gaines talks about conversations she's had with God throughout her lifetime, and by conversation, I mean CONVERSATION. God is always telling her what to do. Start a business. Close a business. Take care of babies. Start a business again. She sits under a tree to receive guidance for an hour and in that hour God speaks to her.
She believes what she's saying, and I believe she believes what she's saying. But still. Why can't a few people I love sit under a tree and find some answers? Or at least some peace?