Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it. – Charles Swindoll
Remember where I’ve been, my child. Remember how I’ve held you, how I’ve walked with you, how I’ve always been near. I know you struggle here. I know you wonder, have you? Have you been close to me, God? Have you been near? I am hurting. I don’t know the way to you. You don’t feel close. What does it mean to live with you close?
Look deep within you first. Sit in a quiet place where you can be still, if only for a few moments. There is my Word to read, the way this world began, the lives I’ve loved, the stories of adventures and glory and stumbling and pain. Stories of falling and getting up again and choosing to believe in something more than yourself for strength, for hope, for a future. And these are more than stories.
But, also, there is a listening I want to teach you, a discovery of who you are with me, unique from everyone else. I have placed within you the map to find me, your heart yearning for more than what you physically see. I show you beauty around you, hope and possibility in the smallest, most hidden places. But to see with my eyes, there is a listening that comes from within your heart, the place where we connect, the place where I speak to you.
Come to me. Sit with me. Become familiar with me. Spend time with me. Let me teach you the sound of my voice in you. Listen close now. Let me show you what makes me smile, what makes me sad. I know you. I know you. So, come be with me. I invite you to know me, too.
So, faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17
Written by Dr Charisse le Roux