9 I will turn my face to you, will make you fruitful and numerous, and will keep my covenant with you. 10 You will still be eating the previous year’s harvest when the time will come to clear it out to make room for the new! 11 I will place my dwelling[b] among you, and I will not despise you. 12 I will walk around among you; I will be your God, and you will be my people. 13 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt’s land—who brought you out from being Egypt’s slaves. I broke your bonds and made you stand up straight.
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]
In the name of God, I sense an insistence, feel a nudging. Yes, me! As I respond to that beckoning I am more productive than I dare imagine. When I am faithful to that calling, that calling is faithful to me. Such faithfulness is like a feast of my favorite foods; there always seems to be more for my feasting. When I follow that leading, the name of God takes on reality and I am proud to be associated with that name. It is as if I am descended from all those who have been freed from slavery. With them, I throw off the shackles (real and metaphorical) that have bound me and I stand tall before all people. That is the audacity of God — that I should be audacious in the name of God and, by my response, make God’s presence in the world viable. It is truly a spooky way to live. Thanks be to God, to the Insistence that transforms!