How do you know if you have a genuine relationship with God?
In this new year, I want to challenge all of us to also renew our relationship with God – to recommit to the beauty, intensity and exhilaration that a life of following His plan brings.
When I was little I had a really bad bike accident just as I was starting to get confident on two wheels. Ever since then I have had a love hate relationship with bikes. I love the feel of the wind on my face and the call of the open road… but, I can’t handle cars, pedestrians, intersections, gravel, bumps, turns, snow, downhill grades or anything else that gives me even the slightest concern for my life.
I am a cautious being by nature, so speed and adrenaline are not my friends.
And yet, I realize that it is my fear that makes me unstable. It is my lack of confidence that makes me falter.
DO you ever find yourself asking, Does God really love me? Is there a way to KNOW if it is true? It seems we can’t get away from the cheesy emoticon bumper-stickers that say “Smile, God loves you!” Does it ever feel like people are “just saying that”? Have you ever felt like saying, “It’s been such a crappy day/week/month/year/life that it sure doesn’t feel like it”?
If we are struggling with the question of lovability, hearing about God’s love for you can almost feel nauseating in its commonality.
Is your FEAR holding you back from being who you were always meant to be? Doing what you were always meant to do? Do you ever wish you could just “get over it” already? Stop worrying so much?
Sometimes in our lives all we can see are the waves and the wind and our tiny little boat being tossed to pieces. We see only setbacks, failure, and obstacles. We see our best efforts being “wasted” against powers too great for us to combat. (Read also: Super-Human Strength) We see ourselves drowning already and yet somehow, someway, God has the audacity to ask more from us.
Lord, do you not care that we are perishing? … Why are you so afraid? He asked, Do you still have no faith” ~ Mark 4:37-40