When I was a little girl, some of my fondest moments was sitting on the porch with my older cousins, and my auntie listening to stories about there childhood. I enjoyed the connection and the history that allowed me to fall in love with my rich culture as well as understanding my family a little better. When I think back to when I gave my life to the Lord, a flood of stories came to mind. One of the ways that Jesus teaches us is through stories. He makes us look at our lives and see possibilities in our sometimes-distorted view of life. He connected to people by having conversations that would challenge the way they thought as well as using parables to help drive home the point. In Mathew 16; 13-16 it states “Now when Jesus came in the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked His disciples, who do people say that the son of man is? And they said, some say John the Baptist, other say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets. He said to them. But who do you say that I am? Simon Peter replied; you are the Christ the son of the living God.” One of the ways we get to know what’s in a person’s heart is to have conversations with them. I was reminded of this scripture during the week when I was faced with doing what God asked me to do verses what I wanted to do. There is a specific area in my life I have been asking God to change for a long time, and He gave me an answer however, it was not the one I wanted. So, I decided that I need more clarification, so I found justification as to why this change should happen in my life; although God had a different direction for me to go in. After my adult temper tantrum, I then had to take a long look inside myself and choose who do I say the Jesus is in my life. Who is Christ really to me, don’t I trust that what he has for me is better that what I want to happen? Soberness of mind would come after church service, and so although I didn’t get my way ultimately, I had to learn again to let God lead and trust even when I don’t know where he is leading. I found that in all those stories, one of the things that God allowed me to see is how he showed up for me time after time. This is how trusting in God becomes easier, looking over my life and seeing all the times that He stood by my side even when I was wrong or had tantrums. He was there guiding me back on His path, just reach out and allow the Holy Spirit to remind you of who God is in your life, it just takes one conversation saints just one and His mercy will do the rest.
So, let me encourage you today, whatever you think is better that following Christ is temporary and can only bring temporary gratification. This is evident in Matthew 19: 26 “Jesus looked at them and said, with man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
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