The Goods

Are You There God? It’s Me…

I’m sitting here on a Sunday evening, chocolate chips in hand (they were on my laptop but then started to melt and are now consequently melting anyway – in my hand! Don’t judge…) and I’m remembering this book I read in 6th grade called “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” by Judy Blume.  The book was first published in 1970 and has been paged through by many young hands (chocolate covered or not) and seen many book covers through the years as a seemingly timeless coming of age story.

My husband and I escorted recipients of the NJ Hall of Fame awards in 2010 where Judy Blume was honored along side Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito, Frankie Valli and other fun, recognizable talents.  Guess who I was assigned to escort?  A dead guy.  Yep.  Some past supreme court judge and I escorted the guy’s grandson who arrived to accept the award.  I should also mention the grandson is an accomplished scientist.  That’s a wonderful thing, I know – but really, I was better suited to escort an artist (in my opinion).  While escorting this man from the red carpet to the green room before the awards ceremony began I got lost in the hollow bones of the NJ Performing Arts Center.  I felt sooo dumb.

Now had I gotten lost with Susan Sarandon I’d have had plenty of things to say: “So, Susan, I LOVE ‘Thelma and Louise” how exactly did you prepare for that role?,” “Susan, you’re an inspiration to me.  Do you have any words of advice?”  We would have become best friends right then and there – bonded over the experience, laughed, camped out and shared a stick of gum, I’m sure.  But that wasn’t my story.  I had a super smart scientist at my heels and I had no idea where I was going.      W h a t     a     b o m b…

Anyway, the evening was fun and the comedian, Judy Gold, presented to our beloved author, Judy Blume and DeVito rocked out with Bruce Springsteen while Jack and Susan tapped their toes offstage.

But that’s not what this post is about.  It’s about the “Are you there God?” question.  And I believe the answer to be “Yes.”  I had the privilege to hear some really inspiring stories today that *zinged me to my core.  {*Zinged: to strike suddenly.}  And while I was sitting there enamoured with these women and their strength of character (their moxie) and their faith, I felt a real assurance that I am not alone.  God really does listen and care and answer us in our times of need and in our times of celebration and every thing in between.  So if you need some warmth, some love, a little bit of guidance, direction, peace, understanding, hope, health, strength, stability, growth… just pray!  – however you do it (it doesn’t matter how) ––> in your mind, your heart, by your bedside, deep in the woods, at the beach, on horseback, in the shower, on your head…  Just pray.

And listen.

You are not alone. :)



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  1. That is one of the best things about having a relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He’s always with you, no matter where, when. There is always an open line of communication. Give thanks and praise!! Amen Sister Makie!

  2. AMEN Sister, Rachel! Love you..

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