When I started this blog, I had a couple specific goals and a few hazy ones in mind. One goal was to offer a kind of journal of my spiritual path from well-entrenched “questioning” believer to what I hoped would one day be a fulfilled, thriving, wholly formed faith in God.
With that in mind, I think I’ve come a long way. Granted, I don’t think I’ll ever reach the point of “fulfilled” or “wholly formed”, but I’ve come to accept that that’s not really the point of the journey. And it is a journey, just as it was for the people of Israel in the book of Exodus–It was one thing for God to take the Israelites out of Egypt (one night). It was quite another for God to take Egypt out of the Israelites (40 years). It was all about the journey.
Another goal I had was to be a voice of those Christians who struggled in their faith and felt like they were on their own; that there was no one else out there that quite understood what they were going through. The overwhelmed believers who were perpetually struggling with a sin, an addiction, a habit, and perpetually petitioning/questioning/arguing with their Savior as to “why?”. The disheartened devotees who assumed that “real” Christians had it all together and, “what am I doing wrong cuz I’m still such a screw-up!” The tired followers who sometimes wonder where God is, and occasionally (if we’re being honest here), IF God is.
In other words, I expected to offer a testimony to bless . . .
Then I met Guy Wolfe.
I began to realize that, having been introduced to this community of bloggers, I was the one being blessed. I mean, there are times when I believe Wolfe and I are doppelgängers with what goes on in our lives; and it’s comforting to read that. Mind you, it’s not comfortable to live it, as I’m sure Guy would concur, but there’s definitely a certain peace that comes from knowing you’re not alone, that someone understands, that someone “gets it”. And that’s what I originally set out to do. I just didn’t know that God had other plans and it was I that needed the peace, the understanding, the blessing of meeting these gifted writers within this forum called “the blogosphere”.
Proverbs 27:17 (NIV) As iron sharpens iron,
so one person sharpens another.
Matthew 18:20 (Amplified) For wherever two or three are gathered (drawn together as My followers) in (into) My name, there I AM in the midst of them.
May God bless them all, and may they continue to be a blessing on all who read their fine works. And may God continue to bless me with the opportunity to discover other men and women of faith who aren’t afraid to say they don’t have it all together; who “wear their hearts on their sleeves”; who have a heart for honesty, openness and genuineness that, in my humble opinion, is the true road to spiritual enlightenment that all of us, believers or not, truly wish to seek.
Acts 2:44 & 47 (Amplified) And all who believed (who adhered to and trusted in and relied on Jesus Christ) were united and [together] they had everything in common; . . . . .Constantly praising God and being in favor and goodwill with all the people; and the Lord kept adding [to their number] daily those who were being saved [from spiritual death].