Religion is a word that carries a lot of heaviness. People quickly associate the Christian with the heaviness it carries. It is quite a grieving experience for many when seeking the Jesus others talk about. Who is He? Where is He? Does He even care?
People are hurting, suffering and why? I myself have asked these questions and in different occasions have sought to receive answers that would satisfy my want for a resolution. Where does it all begin and when does it all end?
What exactly are we looking for when we seek God? I truly believe that at the core of humanity we are all in search for home. A home we can belong in, a home we are made for, a home where fellowship is at the core of not simply existing and rather a place where we can fully experience living.
First and foremost for those who have encountered a masked form of Christianity and have believed lies that the false indoctrination of legalistic religion brings. On the behalf of all Christians who seek a true relationship with the Creator, I sincerely apologize to you. Christianity is about a relationship with the Creator, one that allows for mistakes, grace, forgiveness and the kind of love that cannot be easily broken. He is Love and love covers a multitude of sins.
So many are constantly in the search and because they cannot see, or hear, or they may think they do not possess what is sufficient, fall prey to the belief that God is no longer the God that comes to us. We are to seek; He promises we will find. Therefore in the midst of the journey or while waiting in the hallways in between doors, remember He is also the God that meets us exactly where we are. So when you can’t see Him, rest assured that He sees you; when you don’t hear Him, He hears you and answers your prayers before you even finish asking; when you don’t believe, He steps into your disbelief and compels you through His love and when you feel lost He finds you because He is the same yesterday today and forever. He loves you too much to leave you where you are.
Imagine a garden and that an artist created a flower for this beautiful garden. He created everything and all the flowers in that garden. He knows their name, He knows the scent they give off; He knows their place and position in the garden and He loves them. They are His cherished possessions, His treasure. One day a stranger walks in when the artist is away and steps on one of them. That flower is now hurt and although unable to move properly, it gives off a scent and the artist smells the fragrance from a distance. He immediately goes to the garden and restores the flower to it’s original condition. The garden is His and the flowers are His, therefore He knows what it takes to restore them. Although the flower could not properly hear, or move, or see because it was stepped on, the scent immediately called for the creator.
Now imagine yourself as that flower and how the artist that created you knows your scent and cares about you more than you could ever imagine. In many instances when we feel as if we cannot go to Him, He meets us where we are.
In Luke chapter 19, the bible tells a story about a man called Zacchaeus and how he sought to see Jesus and on account of the crowd he could not, he was small in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him. When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him “ Zacchaeus hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” He hurried and came down and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”
Zacchaeus made an attempt, an effort, and Jesus stayed with him and was received by him. In spite of the crowd’s upsets.
I truly believe that just as the bible portrays in this story and many others, Jesus still meets us where we are. As I have understood before, I know Christianity to be a relationship with the Creator and is a constant spiritual practice; a oneness with God.
Jesus reveal your love to us in such a tangible way that we may not feel unloved.
Inspire us with the wisdom that you and us together can do anything.