As I am older, I really am less into experiences, as in looking for some experience. But I'm more into experience as simply the reality of the life we live together in Jesus, day after day.
It's a life of ups and downs, and ebbs and flows. There are the moments when all seems clear. And many times when it's just clear enough to proceed. But other times when all seems dark, and one is at a loss.
We need to see the experience of the Christian life as a journey. And a journey we individually are on, yet as those traveling with others on the same journey. So that we have our part to uphold. But we can't make it on our own. And others need us along the way. This is how God makes it for us. Not unlike "Christian", in John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress.
And it's one of being interactive with God, with people, with the world and with ourselves, through all of life. Having in it a dynamic that is living and breathing and keeps moving us on. In a mode of being in this together with God. And growing more and more into the likeness of Christ. As we seek to do our part in mission to the world.
On the one hand, God is at work to make all things new in our lives and out from our lives to others. On the other hand, this does take time. We need, in God to see the vision. To have eyes, by faith, to see what God wants to do. And even to perceive something of what he is doing. To know that God often wants us to slow down and better take in, then learn better to participate in his work in our lives and in the world.
How do you see the experience of the Christian life?