Just Because He Is


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We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him who is true. And we are in Him who is true by being in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. 1 John 5:20

When I was younger, one would almost always find my nose in a book. (What an odd saying!) I'm finding some joy now in listening to books in audio format. I often listen to books I read long ago.  Some - a long time ago. Right now I'm listening to the first book in the Anne of Green Gables series.  

I find it interesting that I see glimpses of God in places I never saw them before. I know when I read that book so many years ago, I paid little attention to any of the references to God in it.

This morning, I listened to words that gave me pause. Anne is describing their new pastor's wife:

"But I can just feel that she's glad to be a Christian, and that she'd be one even if she could get to heaven without it."

Suddenly I realize it how much my challenges have given me.

I'll reluctantly admit to being a "scared straight" Christian the first time I heard the gospel. The thrust of my conversion was "If you died tonight do you know if you'd go to heaven." I listened closely as the gospel was explained - and accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior.

I think my growth as a Christian stopped there for many years.  Wasn't that what it was all about? Going to heaven?

It has turned out He is much more that that ticket into heaven.

I'm not sure when or where it happened. I know it has come slowly - and I've seen and felt it grow since I've been side-lined from the life I was living, the life I had planned. I've gone from wondering if there even was a God - to knowing I don't want to live a life without Him.

He's someone I'm learning to want to simply be with.  I look out my well-used window to the field and trees beyond it, and see such splendor. I feel joy, just be cause He is.

Am I glad that there is a heaven? 

Of course.

Am I awed that God answers prayers?

Certainly.

But even more than that, I am glad God is God simply because He is.  It's no longer about what He can do for me.  (Albeit, I'm not turning down any of his promises!) It's about God Himself.

Who He is.  What He is.

Things I never, ever would have discovered in my former life.

I realize that I hope my life will portray Anne's words:

"But I can just feel that she's glad to be a Christian, and that she'd be one even if she could get to heaven without it."

And I have each of my challenges to thank for that.

If, today, you feel far away from God, or even wondering if He is there at all - take heart. Keep searching.  Keep asking.  Keep watching.  And He will reveal Himself in a way too glorious to describe.

Father God, Thank you that you have used these years of illness, of pain, of heartache to help me to see You in a way I could never have imagined.  I pray that each reader will, moment by moment, day by day, grow closer to You in a way they never expected - in a way that causes them to love You supremely in a way that brings them a joy that can be seen by the world.  Amen and amen.

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