First, I would like to thank Gwen Smith at http://www.GwenSmith.net. Thank you for sharing this lovely image.
When I first came across this image, one question surfaced within my mind: What does it take for someone to believe God’s perspective of us and for us to believe in Him? In Proverbs 19:11 (NIV), it says “a person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.” Proverbs 25:15 (NIV) says that “Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.” Last, but not least, it is further noted in Ecclesiastes 7:8 (NIV) that “the end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.”
From my own life experience, for me to ‘Grow up in the Lord’, it was not an easy task. It took me many years of reading, studying, and putting into practice the deeds God sought for me to perform. After first reading His Word, once in college, to my surprise, I had found many support groups that also studied the bible as well. Yes, I had my spiritual mother (the one who introduced me to His Word and gave me my first bible), but after awhile, I didn’t want to be that nuisance of a girl once I observed how our schedules were no longer aligning together once they had been. I will admit to you however, that she showed me a form of patience that I’ve never noticed from someone on the outside of my family before. As I recall my years of studying with her, I can also recall how I bombarded her with plenty of questions, and by her using a sense of “PATIENCE” with me, she helped me to resolve and answer them.
That level of “patience” she had shown me could only be a sign from God Himself. I say this because I would not have met more and more Christians during my walk and attended many church services and participated in my home church activities. I felt my spirit and my mind being directed to pursue my curiosity and find out the truth about God. Yes, I was highly nervous and scared (for some unknown reason), but I decided to take that first step in going with my gut to follow my heart. Besides, it seemed like everyone was always having fun in church services that I wanted to be a part of and enjoy as well.
In Ecclesiastes 7:8, yes… my ending (today) is so much greater and awesome than my beginning (years ago) when I first learned about Jesus Christ. Yes, I was a lost spirit, but at the same time, I was dealing with stress and depression at a young age. It scares me to think of where I would’ve been, but I’m happy that I know that God has been walking with me and helped me whenever I needed him most. So if I ever was asked, “Would you ever want to revisit the past?” Of course, a part of me would say ‘yes’ because of all the fun I used to have as a kid, but I would have to say ‘no’ as being my final answer. Reason? It’s because I don’t ever want to encounter my past pain ever again. I am more settled with appreciating every new day that God has blessed me to live and the new plans God has in my life. That is what I am anticipating and waiting for. I feel 100% better when I give Him the reigns over my life.
In our bibles, line after line, scripture after scripture, chapter after chapter, and book after book explains everything in grave detail how much God cares for us, sacrificed (Jesus) for us, and how He loves us. A well-known scripture is in John 3:16 (NIV), where it quotes “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” In verse 17, it further explains His reason for fighting for us by saying “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
Him= Jesus (His One and Only Son).
What is He rescuing? Our souls.
Why? We know that no one is perfect on earth, the main cause is from the era of Adam and Eve when the serpent (the evil one) tempted Eve, who shared her fruit with Adam, which resulted in disrespecting God’s command (to not eat from the tree of knowledge of Good and Evil) and they both were cast out.
What does this have to do with me and how I’m living today? Everything. What I’m saying is that we know that we all were born into this world as sinners because of what happened centuries ago, but that does not mean that we have only that lifestyle to live and abide by. What I love about God is that He is always there and available to any and everyone. He loves us and delights in us grabbing and holding onto His Hand.
Don’t be afraid to call on Him and reach out for Him, because even though we can’t physically ‘SEE’ Him, He sees us 24/7 and whenever we call upon Him and believe in Him (Jesus).
I will share one thing about the bible that I never saw in other books before reading its same passages: His Words seem to change and gets compelling more and more that I picked up my book to read it. My words: It’s just THAT GOOD! 🙂