Rethink Monthly: What topics/scripture has God been speaking to you, causing you to rethink lately?
Margaret Feinberg: On a recent trip to Israel, we visited the Garden where Jesus’ resurrection may have taken place. As I walked inside the tomb, I was once again reminded of the resurrecting power of Jesus, just the fact that our God is a God of life, who gives life; who brings back to life. Sometimes it’s easy to fall into the trap of sorting through culture wars, keeping a list of do’s and don’ts, or even who’s stacking up the best ammo when it comes to arguing a hot topic of faith. But when Jesus boldly proclaimed, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life,” He didn’t just say those words, He lived them. The word “life” was never meant to be interpreted as number 3 on the list…something we’ll get to. Life flowed out of Jesus everywhere He went—healing, giving hope, challenging, and even resurrecting. All of this has made me question how much of the life of Jesus I really have. How much do I give that life to others? This thinking and rethinking makes me want to experience more of the life of Christ, and allow it to flow out of me like living waters.
RM: What sort of things are keeping you up at night / moving you to action in your spiritual life?
MF: A hunger for God. I pray regularly for hunger—whenever it wanes—and it’s the kind of prayer that God never seems to say “no” to. He always gives me more. I live with an ache inside that says there’s always more of God to uncover and discover. I want more of Him.
RM: How is that translated in your own life / in the lives of those you influence?
MF: In my writing, it forces me to be far more vulnerable than I am in real life. I have friends who lovingly joke, “Margaret, I buy your books to find out what’s really going on in your life.” So often I want to hold back. I’m intensely private, but then I feel that nudge that if I share those things I most want to keep to myself, God can do amazing things through them. And He does.
RM: Why do you say that when God speaks He does so as an echo?
MF: So often when God speaks He’ll use multiple things to get our attention—a scripture, a chance encounter, an unexpected conversation—all of them help alert us to the ways God is trying go get our attention and speak to us.
RM: You describe God as “surprisingly talkative.” Can you describe one of those moments when God has spoken to you?
MF: There’s a verse tucked away in Mark 6:31 that sometimes, when I’m reading the Bible, will feel like it was written just for me. It simply says, “Come away, to a lonely place, and rest awhile.” Jesus spoke those words to the disciples, but when I read them, or that verse flashes through my mind, it’s like He’s speaking them to me–issuing an invitation to slow down, get away, and refresh.
A popular speaker at churches and leading conferences such as Fusion, Catalyst, and LeadNow, Margaret Feinberg (www.margaretfeinberg.com) invites people to discover the relevance of God and His Word in a modern world. Audiences love her ability to connect the practical with the spiritual. Recently named by Charisma magazine as one of the “30 Emerging Voices” who will help lead the church in the next decade, she has written more than a dozen books including the critically-acclaimed The Organic God and the Sacred Echo (Zondervan). People of all ages connect with her relational teaching style. Margaret currently lives in Morrison, Colorado, with her 6′8″ husband, Leif. When she’s not writing or traveling, she enjoys anything outdoors, lots of laughter, and their super-pup, Hershey. But she says some of her best moments are spent communicating with her readers. So go ahead, become her friend on Facebook, or tag her on Twitter at mafeinberg.