I LOVE TED
I LOVE TED
— Mother Teresa (via ineedtobelieve)
I have a sweet friend who I met in college. When I met her she was a little bit wild, a little bit of a loose cannon. But she is also one of the smartest, most driven, most accomplished young women I know.
One summer, she was off being awesome and tackling something new and amazing, and she had an encounter with God.
I can’t remember all the specific details, but the point was this:
She had a moment where she needed to know once and for all if God was real and if He was who He said He was.
So she took a wish she’d had since she was a child - in its beauty, its simplicity, its fantasy - and she asked God for it, expecting nothing. ”God, if You’re real, let me see a shooting star” because she had never seen one before.
Simple, silly, adorable, bold.
And not too many moments passed before she watched a star shoot across the night sky.
In that moment, she said, she realized God wanted her attention, her love, her faith. He was not required to acquiesce to a girl’s silly request for a natural phenomenon. He could have sat aloof and remained content to watch her scramble and scrape to rationalize His existence. But He performed for her what was to Him the simplest of gestures so that she would know that nothing was too small, too insignificant, too silly for Him to care about. Not only did God want her, but He showed her His desire; He pursued her.
Why? Why did God give my friend what she asked for, what she wanted, what she needed to believe? Because He had chosen her long ago and was waiting for the exact right moment when her heart was open and ready to receive His love. He had always had a plan for how to win her. And now He has.
You should hear her tell the story. it’s adorable. She is convinced that God purposefully, singularly pursued her specifically and relentlessly for years until He won her. She feels so blessed to have captured the heart of the God of the Universe!
My story is much different. Yahweh is my first love, my forever love. I didn’t meet Him and get swept off my feet. I have never known very much life without Him. I am inspired by the way He ministered to my friend. Thinking about her story reminds me to pay attention to the things He does to minister to me. He put it in me to love everything beautiful, especially words and music. I think He did that so He would have constant access to the depths of my heart. There have been multiple times when the perfect scripture or quote, the most appropriate song, or the words of someone close passed by everything else and hit me directly, showing themselves to be straight from His mouth to my ears. He wanted me before I was born and has wanted me every day since. He pursues me - consistently - relentlessly. He never lets the flame die down. Why? Because before I was a twinkle in my father’s eye, God wanted me doing exactly what I’m doing right now - loving Him and showing Him to be lovely.