A phrase came to mind recently. God meets us where we are.
What I mean is that God has ways to connect with us however & whenever reach us best at any particular time. For example, when I turned my life over to Him, I was dabbling in the occult & witchcraft. I was told the witchcraft I was interested in was based on the Bible, so since I wanted to be good at it, I figured I should read the Bible & learn. What I learned first was God did NOT approve of witchcraft. Then I learned about the love & saving power of Jesus. Until that time, I had never opened a Bible or knew anything about Jesus. I was taught that if you’re good you go to Heaven, bad you go to Hell, without even a real definition of what good & bad were. I didn’t believe in God or if by some chance He did exist, I certainly wanted nothing to do with Him. That was until I started reading the Bible for the first time. That was the first time God met me where I was, even though it was a terrible, dark place.
There have been other times too, that He has reached me in some awful place. During times of intense darkness & despair, He has given me signs that all would be fine by sending butterflies, a specific song began to play or I’d see a message by the side of the road that says something that felt as if He was speaking directly to me. Every single time, those times have offered incredible comfort. They strengthened me to keep pressing on, no matter how bleak things looked or how impossible things seemed.
I want to encourage you to know that God can do the same for you. He will meet you where you are as He has done with me. All you have to do is be aware.
I realize there are people who don’t believe God speaks to people, that it only happened during Biblical times. I can tell you from personal experience that isn’t the case! He may or may not speak audibly, but He still speaks to His children all the time. He may speak in the still, small voice spoken of in Kings 19:12. He may speak in other ways, too & there are plenty of examples of that in the Bible. God spoke to Moses in the form of a burning bush in Exodus 3:2, & to Job in the form of a whirlwind in Job 38:1. He speaks often in dreams, visions & in the form of the Holy Spirit to the hearts of those who want to hear Him. He used a dove to communicate to Noah & a donkey to Balaam. He even sent a dove to the baptism of Jesus. He speaks in whatever way the person He is speaking to will best recognize His voice.
God also gives signs as I mentioned. Remember the story of Gideon in Judges 6? He asked God to give him two signs that he had heard God’s voice correctly, & God did so. For Gideon, that sign involved a fleece. For me, as I mentioned, butterflies are a sign God uses to speak to me often. Dragonflies are too.
If you are currently struggling & unsure if you are hearing from God, then why not ask Him to help you? Ask Him to help you to hear His voice better, to give you clarity & yes, even send you signs if you want. He answered Gideon’s prayer when he asked for a sign, & since God is no respecter of persons according to Acts 10:34, He will answer your prayer. Then, just wait for something special to happen! When He speaks to you or sends you a sign, you will have no doubt it’s Him!
2 responses to “God Meets Us Where We Are”
Cynthia, you are the most interesting of people. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. I like to think of faith in practical terms because it makes it more real, at least to me. There is actual data that shows a correlation between folks who successfully go through the Alcoholic Anonymous program and having faith. The author who shared this data point (Charles DuHigg in his excellent book “Habit”) discounted the conclusion somewhat, but he noted that believing in a higher power helped people stay the course of the program. To me, if we do something because of our faith in others or a higher being, we will be inclined to see it through than if we don’t. I found that comforting to know. Keith
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Thank you Keith 🙂
I can believe that. Especially after having been a victim of narcissistic abuse. doing something just for you can feel wrong, selfish or even narcissistic (even when that something is far from the case). Doing that same thing because of faith in God or even love for other people feels nothing like that. What you say makes sense!
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