Did you hear a train whistle after you read that title? I sure did! Choo Choooo! 😆
I came to know about Jesus at a very young age. At around 8, one doesn’t understand politics or the nature of people. It is more of an innocent time where one sees things more as they are and less of the extra that adulthood can sometimes put on things and concepts. I didn’t begin to study the bible until my mid 20s and I wasn’t a regular attender of church until around my early 30s. What is interesting is that the more I got around “spiritual” people, the more difficult and muddled things attempted to become. What I understood at 8 up until my mid 20s was simple. I had a personal relationship with God through Jesus and He was always helping me. Helping me do the impossible, helping me through a difficult childhood and helping me navigate my innocence as a new adult in a world full of noise and suggestions. For example, how did I end up taking break from college, living in Berlin with no job, not knowing where I would stay or anyone in the area and a week later, find that I had a flat, a job and a new friend who was like family? And my original plan was to go to France! I have found myself in a variety of situations, many of them a mess. What’s amazing is that I never felt judgement or condemnation from God. Never. If you would like to know the various adventures and misadventures, let me know, it gets pretty seedy. Contrary to popular opinion knowing God doesn’t mean I am perfect or that I don’t and can’t party, celebrate and have a blast, it’s actually the exact opposite. I’m definitely on the hot mess express, celebrating joys along the way and looking for my stop!
In each of these situations, God was always there, reminding me He loved me and that He had better planned for me. He always blessed me and made me feel like His princess. This was the extent of my faith. Then I got more into social situations where I spoke about my experiences, I began to attend church and learn more about the bible. It was amazing learning about the bible and sharing my experiences and crazy times. What was a surprise, was how many people had been hurt by their churches and how many people had ideas about who God is based on horror stories involving hypocritical people in their lives. Because my relationship with God was very private for me at first, meaning my education came directly from God, I hadn’t experienced another person within my faith yet. I got an ear and eye full of people upset and hurt at God. Angry at all the nasty and quite forceful historical background of Christianity. As it turns out Jesus has some bad press due to the actions of many who claimed to represent Him and His ideas. What if someone had the gift, ability, and had been commissioned to create more truthful press around who Jesus is and what it is to be Team Jesus. Put yourself in His shoes. What if you had a bunch of people doing things you didn’t agree with and putting you on blast as the originator and you weren’t physically present to refute the claims and blame? Most people would hire an advocate to speak for them, to set the record straight.
Just something to think about…