My Christian walk has been filled with highs and lows. Maybe yours has been too?
I can recall my child-like love for God and fascination with the stories from His Word; happily memorizing Bible texts and singing choruses in the children’s choir.
Like my love of taking pictures as a child, any time and every time my answer was “yes!”
Life was both simple and innocent and God was like a big, benevolent grandpa in the sky.
Sadly my youthful trust devolved into a period of hit and miss in which I neglected to make Jesus a true friend.
Sure, I was attending church regularly, participating in services willingly and unwillingly at times, depending on what was going on in my life. But as with taking pictures during that period, it depended on the mood that I was in.
While I may not have been experiencing some of the world’s awful goings-on, I was fully aware of them. Where was God, I wanted to know and why didn’t He stop this?
Now God had become a relative who lived far away – you knew they existed, but you were rarely in touch.
Thankfully, God did not give up on me, and He won’t give up on you either.
While I still struggle with doubt, fear and anxiety, and I still wonder at times why God allows such horrible things to happen, I try to keep my eyes fixed on Him.
I take comfort in what is written in His Word and you can too:
“Let not your heart be troubled…” John 14:1 (KJV)
“I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” Hebrews 13:5 (NLT)
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
“For God has not given us the spirit of fear…” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)
Just as I am anxious, of late, to capture the memorable moments in my life, I am anxious to capture time with Him; to press those moments into my memory so that when I am under attack, my faith can be strengthened.
Now that I have proof of where He has brought me from and what He has done for me, I can triumphantly wave that picture in the enemy’s face every chance I get.
God is no longer a far away relative, but He is a caring Heavenly Father who is concerned with the well-being of His children. I can bring my good, bad and even ugly moments to Him.
We may never understand the mysteries of this life – why this or that happens.
In fact, God probably has very good reasons for keeping them hidden from us.
But one day, He will make all things clear to us. “Now we see things imperfectly…but then we shall see everything with perfect clarity…” 1 Cor. 13:12 (NLT)
Meanwhile, what He has assured us of, is first, that He is working behind the scenes for our benefit. “…all things God works for the good of those who love Him…” Romans 8:28 (NIV)
And secondly, there is a reward that awaits those who remain faithful. 2 Tim 4:8 says, “There is reserved for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the Righteous Judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but to all those who wait with love for Him to appear.” (CSB & GNT)
Until then, let us keep the faith.