Happy Monday everyone. If you’ve been following my blog then you know that today I promised I would talk about how rediscovering the truth about how God views his relationship with me, versus how I viewed it, brought me back to blogging.
When I decided to take a break from writing comics, I knew that didn’t necessarily mean that I would be taking a break from writing. My first and most obvious thought was that I would become a blogger. Now to be fair, I’m not sure I’m built to be the type of blogger that has a bunch of links to stuff you can buy and pictures all over the place. That’s not a condemnation of those people who do that, it’s just a recognition of the fact that that isn’t really me. So great, I’m going to blog on a regular basis. The only problem…I had nothing to blog about. Because I wasn’t in a good place in my relationship with God I literally couldn’t write about God. There was silence in my head and in my heart.
Fast forward a couple of months, to the time I wrote about in The Road Back – Part One. I can’t remember if it was the same day, or the next day, but very soon after I really came to the place I needed to be, in my head and in my heart I got a message through Facebook. “Meredith, I’ve been missing your blog posts…I hope you get back to doing them again soon.” And no sooner had I posted The Road Back then I had more people reaching out telling me how much they enjoy the blog, and sharing how God had used me to speak to them. I absolutely took this as reassurance from God that I was back where I needed to be, doing what He needed me to be doing.
So where do we go from here? Something that has struck me recently is how difficult it seems to be, even for professed Christians, for people to pick up or open, and read the Bible. Personally I want to know more about this person, Jesus Christ, who is the foundation of my faith. I want to know more about the God I’m worshiping, and in fact, it is only through reading my Bible that I have found my relationship with God changing and deepening. A good friend of mine told me that each day he reads his Bible he feels as if the trajectory of his day is shifted, even slightly, to the better. Similarly, on the days he skips or forgets, maybe it moves a few degrees in the opposite direction.
Maybe you don’t have a bible. Maybe you don’t know where to start. I thought I would put a link up on my blog and share what I read each and how I do my bible study. Maybe it will work for you, maybe it will start you on a path that works for you. But if I’m going to write this blog, I also want to share a book that, while some might find intimidating to start, is filled with so much hope and love once you dive in. Please note that I an NOT a biblical scholar, or priest or pastor. I’m just a person like you, sharing what I think, in the hope that God will show you a truth that speaks to your heart. So watch for that link to appear at the top of my blog in the next few days. Meanwhile I’ll keep doing this too; talking about my faith and how I’m learning and growing in it.
Today I’m going to leave you with a few verses from my reading of Lamentations yesterday that I found uplifting in these challenging times.
“I called on your name, O Lord from the depths of the pit. You heard my plea; Do not close your ears to my cry for relief. You came near when I called you, and you said, “Do not fear.” Lamentations 3:55-57
I pray that God watches over each of you today and keeps you safe and strong and free from fear. Trust in Him.
God bless you,