I have this vivid memory that is buried in my subconscious of me sitting at a high school examination with time running out on the clock and me trying to find some way to unlock this mysterious and elusive answer to a question that is staring at me taunting me to solve it. I was so overjoyed to have ended and broken the chains of my academic exploits and I looked forward to living the ever so rewarding life as an adult. But life has a very sarcastic way about it.
As we all would agree this is but a mere illusion, a philandering untrue that is built on man’s fascination to want what is not within his reach. To simply put in layman’s terms “the greener grass on the other side”. If I were to ask the question what part of your life did you enjoy the most? Most of you would be reminiscing about some childhood memory of a carefree, casual, happy life filled with fond sentiments and immature playtimes with cousins or school friends. It is highly doubtful that many of you would refer to the hustle and bustle, rat race, bill paying, 9 to 5 working, hectic metropolis that is adulthood.
When we are kids, we are in such a hurry to grow up, but when we are all grown, we yearn for the sometimes ignorant bliss of childhood. We are all God’s children and I often wonder how patient he must be to put up with our day-to-day comedic atrocities regarding “greener grass”. Some of us live a life that is filled with immorality, drinking, sexual-deviance, lies, lusting etc. and we wake up one day and come to a sudden and heart-wrenching realization that “we are un-happy”. We keep filling our lives with things, believing that if we accumulate enough items, make enough money, marry the right person or land the right career that this deep hole inside us can be filled.
Sadly some of us go through life yearning for something we never experienced before. BUT TODAY THERE IS HOPE! I know you’re saying that you have tried everything and have tried “religion” and knew someone who invited you to church or a crusade but this is something completely different.
One if the biggest tricks of the enemy is mental warfare: he tunnels his way into our sub-conscious and he whispers. What does he say? He whispers “You are no good, you’re a bad person, God could never love you, you are damaged, broken, spoiled, a failure, a disgrace, a mistake.”
His divide and conquer strategy seems to work quite well. Depression is an illness that affects millions of people worldwide. The Christmas holidays catapult suicides as many people are alone or lonely. Many are locked into loveless marriages or have another woman on the side. Many lament “I just staying with him because of the kids”. But did you know that there is a way out?! A sanctuary?! A shoulder that cannot be moved?!
What is it? It’s “a relationship “with your heavenly father. When the tragic shooting occurred some years ago at Columbine High School, there was a newspaper headline that read “God seems so far away” ……… And we sometimes feel this way as well. When we are at our lowest, our darkest hour, our lowest point, when we feel abandoned, betrayed, neglected, cold, alone and broken, we think God has left us. But do you know that this is when he runs towards us and embraces us and says everything will be ok? Stop thinking of your God as a side-liner looking on while you live your life. He is poised and ready for battle to protect and comfort you, to fight your enemies and to bring you the peace that will fill your heart.
How do you create this “relationship”? Just say Hi and go from there. Talk to him as you would talk to your friend or co-worker. Start off with something like ….Hi God, remember me? It’s Curtis! I know we haven’t spoken in a while but I’m hoping to change that now. I’m trying so hard to do the right thing but it’s hard sometimes, do you think you can help me? I’m sorry for making mistakes but I’m trying hard not to anymore ok. Do you think you can ever forgive me of my sins? Thank you for your son Jesus. Holy Spirit, come into my heart and live there, help me, I love you and I know you love me too. Thanks God. Chat soon ok, Bye.
God loves you and he wants to have a relationship with you ….all you have to do is ask him to be your friend. He will stick closer than a brother and he will always be there as long as you would like him to be. So try it, he doesn’t need elaborately composed verses of prayer poured out in sing song angelic tones…. all he wants is to have a relationship with you .
Try it and let me know how it works out.
May God bless and keep you.
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