The verse above carves a vivid truth. Many of us (me included in this count) often assume people we run into know who Jesus is. In America, it is far more common for people to know than Africa of course, but there are still many humans who believe "in" God and Jesus and Holy Spirit, but hold a very twisted view on them.
The most common "wrong" I come across is the view that God makes everything happen in the world, good and bad. If you read my last article on what the true "Perfect Will of God" is, we know that isn't true at all. We are blessed
to hold a true and right view of our Lord, but we can't forget the people out there that don't know God loves them.
I asked a question to my readers on The Christian Teen's Facebook page. The question was "if you could say one sentence to an emo person, what would you say?" (For those who don't know what emos are, it is a new fad, often where teens cut their wrists. It isn't quite "goth", but something like it.)
A reader commented "you are more precious than you could ever imagine". This really touched my heart. I'm sure that if someone said that to you, this would touch your heart as well. Now think about how wonderful that would be if your life was in the wrong place?
A story I would love to share with you all happened last year in a court house. Some of you may know we take in children who come from lousy situations with their home life, (often envolving DCFS) for short-term. ("un-paid babysitters", really... but we love it because God gets all of the glory.) We had taken one of my sisters (I now have 16 "siblings" we've had come through our home in 2 years.) to the court about her DCFS case.
The room we were waiting in outside of the actual court room was divided into two halves. There were about fifty or so chairs in total, but all except ours were empty. The next group of people (appearing to be an aunt, a niece, and
the girl's two older sisters or cousins, and possibly the girl's mother) entered and sat in the other half. An officer eventually came out of the court room to quiet the aunt, who was yelling at the teenage girl. I tried not to listen in (though most of the building heard without trying) but the pieces I gathered were this; the girl of sixteen was pregnant, against her family's wishes. The aunt insisted that the girl was worthless and everything was "your fault".
I will inform you all right now (if you don't know) that I am filled with the Holy Ghost and yes, that means I speak in tongues and operate in the power of God's Holy Spirit and the authority of Jesus' precious blood rights. I also believe in prophesy and every other gift of the Holy Spirit. (read Acts 2:5, 1 Corinthians 12)
Saying that to say this. I felt a stir (or a prompt from God) telling me quietly (as He usually does) that I was going to be able to minister to the girl. So I prayed in the Spirit for a while, and when the officer had calmed them down to at
least the level of normal speech instead of yelling, I boldly (as I could muster up) approached the family, but only looked at the girl. "Are you alright?" I asked. She looked up with tear-filled eyes and a weak smiled, nodding her head.
Kneeling in front of where she was sitting, I placed my hand on her knee and looked into her eyes. The only thing that came to mind (or spirit) was four words. "You are so precious." (which her aunt snorted at) So I told her those four words repeatedly and asked if she was okay with me hugging her. So there we sat, in the middle of her family (ignoring them, actually) and hugged like old friends. (By the way, I am white as a ghost. We were in the heart of Chicago, and her family were not too warm and fuzzy to "white folk". It is amazing what doors the Holy Spirit opens! Doors that you would never think could be opened...suddenly flung wide.)
She did answer that Jesus was her Lord when I asked, but to make things clear I said "It doesn't matter what anyone thinks about you or your choices. It just matters what He thinks... and He thinks you are pure, precious, and beautiful."
I will tell you that the little we spoke (literally, the entire thing was only 5 minutes or so long before they went into the court room) she was bright, smiling, and encouraged. This is what we are placed for! If you ever ask yourself what life is all about, it is created to be enjoyed. Your purpose is to help others enjoy it, too; to live in wonderful peace and embraced by His love. Amen?
Be encouraged. I love you all!!
-Kiana ♥ : )