Let's be honest we have all had one of those moments where nothing makes since and our first reactions is "wait...what?" You're most likely lying if you haven't experienced this at one point or another. The other day I was talking with my dad on the phone and I was having a really bad day, nothing was going the way I had hoped and I was in desperate need of some humor, a smile, maybe even a hug. About five minutes into the conversation, I began to rant about my day which is something I hate doing. I would rather keep it to myself most days instead of putting it on someone else. My dad had just got out of a conference and was exhausted, but instead of shutting me up he allowed me to get it off my chest, knowing I needed to tell someone.
When I was done, I immediately began to apologize. Here he had called me to see how I was and say he missed me and I was ranting about things out of both of our control. What he said froze me in my tracks for a few minutes. After the third apology, he stopped me before I could say sorry again and asked why I was apologizing. I was like, what do you mean why am I apologizing, you didn't call to listen to me complain. He chuckled a little at my words then said something I think we should all take to heart. He told me while I was right, he had called to see how I was doing not because he wanted me to say oh I'm fine and be done with it, but because he genuinely cared about how I was feeling and wanted to know.
Can you imagine with me for a minute, what would happen if we gave God that same kind of genuine care? If we took the time to say, 'God, here I am desperate and longing for more of you.' My dad could have told me I was right, that he didn't want to hear me talk about what was bothering me, but instead whether he realizes it or not he taught me an important lesson I hope all of you begin to understand yourselves.
In order for something to grow it has to be nurtured, as believers we have to take time to nurture our relationship with Christ. Spending time in the word, growing our faith and allowing the Holy Spirit to work in and through us. Please understand the creator of the universe knows your name and He calls you His own. It doesn't matter what you may be walking through or what you've done in the past. You can take it all to Jesus and lay it at the foot of the cross. He already won every battle you may face and He did it with you on His mind.
"So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him." - 1 John 4:16
My hope is that you would take this to heart and begin to understand how loved you really are. I mentioned that my dad could have shut me up and told me he didn't want to hear about it, but instead he chose to listen and let me know how much he loves me. He knew I needed a listening ear and to know I was heard. I want you to understand that our relationship with Christ can be the same. He will always listen no matter what it is or what time of day or night, He is always right there.
You never walk alone. I know it can be hard to understand at times, but please try to remember you are so loved and you have a future so bright you'll need sunglasses just to look at it. Its so amazing to me to think about how the creator of the universe knows each of us by name and He loves us so much. He knit you together in your mothers womb, and knows every hair on your head. He knows each star and every grain of sand. If He cares so much about these things, don't you think He loves you even more. You were created in the image and likeness of God, the imago dei!
"The Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you." - Jeremiah 31:3
Remember you are worth more than gold and you have a future oh so bright! No matter what challenges this week may present, you are more than enough and loved.
I encourage you to take your next 'wait...what' moment and see what you can learn from it, and remember to never stop shinning bright!