His Truth Will Set You Free

Listen to what Jesus says; “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

Playing with God


Watch a group of young children at play sometime. Made-up games, with few rules. One game may morph into another game. Full of fun and giggles. Spontaneous, out of control and unpredictable.

I just started reading the book, “The Good and Beautiful Life,” by James Bryan Smith. Just a little ways into it, he introduced the idea of play and how it relates to our life with God.

I think I’ve had times of playing with God, without realizing it. Spontaneous, out of control and unpredictable. Like the mornings where He and I get together in thought, and I just relax my mind and ask Him what He wants to do. In a way, maybe I’m letting God choose the game. And it’s in these moments of giving control to God where some of my best writing has sprouted. It’s a blast!

Playing with God: what does this mean to me? Just relax, trust Him as a child would trust, and have fun. Humbly let go of the desire to control and happily follow the Leader, wherever He may lead. And I believe that when you’ve found the fun, the joy, of playing with God – then you have found the true presence of God within you.


Author: CJ Penn

First, my writing isn't about me. Don’t want the attention, don’t want to feed my ravenous ego (yep, I’m just a typical pride-plagued human). But I love writing - it gets me out of bed when it's way too dark, just so I can do some writing before heading off to work. I write because I’m passionate about God, Jesus, His Spirit, and His truth. And, I feel the Holy Spirit gets shortchanged in the world we call Christianity. The truth is sometimes lacking too.

8 thoughts on “Playing with God

  1. This is exactly what I’m learning right now. I always try to take control, but it’s a whole lot better when I just sit back and let him be the leader. Thanks for sharing!


  2. I am learning to have fun, BUT I sometimes take the fun away…


  3. You’ve given a beautiful human touch to a deep spiritual truth. Lovely.

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  4. I love these moments! Especially when they happen when I unknowingly let go of control and just let God have His way in my mind. This happens to me when I am in the car a lot!

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  5. I loved reading your posts, and look forward to many more. I have similar moments with God as you did in Playing with God. I ask him what he needs or wants from me today or if there is anyone specific he needs for me to help to let me know. In the most unlikely places they show up and I have been able to help. So, I pose the questions now, simply, “what can I do to help you today, God.” Peace.

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