Last spring I asked a bible study group to write a letter to themselves - the catch was that it should be written as if it were from God. I told them I would send them the letter in about a year.
It hasn't been quite a year, but I thought the holidays would be a great time to hear from the Almighty, so I mailed the letters a couple weeks ago.
What I forgot was that I also wrote a letter and gave it to a person from the bible study to send to me. I got that letter this week. I wrote this a few weeks after I was told we would be moving. This is an edited version of it. Amazing how prescient it was.
Dear Beloved Vicky,
I have seen you struggling the past weeks. Know that I AM with you. It will be difficult to leave the ones you love. But I AM with you -- and that is enough, my love.
Your future may be hidden from you, but it is not hidden from Me. I have people for you to meet who will love you for who you are. I have people for you to love into my family. Some of them will be obvious as to who they are, and some won't be so obvious to you. Just love them all.
I'm excited to see where you are today. I've walked every step with you --even when you didn't feel me there.
Take care of Ken.
YHWH (I AM)
This is exactly what I have found here in Girard. I am so happy to have people who love me for who I am - THANK YOU for doing that for me. And I am thrilled to know that I will have an impact in someone's life for eternity. It is truly an honor to be your pastor. God has taken a painful situation and brought beauty from it.
You see, anyone can make something good out of something good. But it takes God to make something good out of something so painful. That is the awesome God we have the privilege of knowing.
Practice seeing yourself through God's eyes. I encourage you to do something like writing this letter. What would God say to you? How would God speak into your life? No judgement, no condemnation, just see through the eyes of a loving God who only wants the best for you.
You'll be amazed at how true it will become.
Question of the Day: What would God say if God wrote to you?