Hope :: Why I Believe

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Some people believe in God because of some miracle He’s worked in their lives. Some believe because of total healing He’s performed.

I believe because He’s always been here.

I always had a hard time making friends. I had two best friends in elementary school. By the time I got into high school (7th grade) I had lost both of those friendships. They had found other groups to be a part of and I didn’t fit in anymore. (Recognize that line from last week?)

Anyway, my trust was pretty thin at that point and it made it very difficult for me to create real and lasting friendships.

So I spent a lot of time alone.

I was called stuck up and weird and many other names (each progressively worse).

I digress. I don’t tell you this for pity or anything like that.

I tell you this because even in the midst of all of that, I was never alone.

I didn’t have a deep, personal relationship with God at that point, but I knew He was with me.

I know there are a lot of people out there who have lost loved ones that say they sense their loved one’s presence. It’s almost a physical thing.

That’s how it was for me. But I hadn’t lost a loved one.

When I was sitting in my room, wishing I had friends or – at the very least – that I wasn’t such an outcast, I could sense someone there with me.

I didn’t realize until later that it was the Holy Spirit.

During that point in my life, that was the only sense I ever got. Just that I wasn’t alone.

As I’ve gotten older, things have changed somewhat.

You know that feeling you get sometimes, that ‘gut instinct’ that tells you whether or not you should do something? That’s the Holy Spirit.

Do you ever have a conversation with someone and the words just seem to flow out of you without you needing to give it conscious thought but you KNOW without a doubt that it’s all correct? That’s the Holy Spirit.

Have you ever been sitting in silence, resting in despair or depression, and this whisper of, “I love you,” comes through… but you don’t believe it because you feel like you’re unloveable? Believe it. That’s the Holy Spirit.

Yes, I’ve had God actively move in my life. I’ve seen Him heal people and I’ve seen Him break addiction. I’ve seen Him turn around lives that were so far gone you couldn’t see how they could possibly be redeemed.

And I love God for that.

But mostly? I believe in Him because He’s always been here. He’s always been with me. That is the greatest gift I could ever ask of Him.

Why do you believe?

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