Sinking my toes into the sand and allowing the waves to chase away the grains of foundation beneath my feet, I have come to a place that is beyond what I ever thought possible. Surrounded by the sweet breeze lifted on the wings of time, I am complete in the embrace of my Fathers arms. It’s taken many months to plan this adventure, I came with no expectations, and I have been blown away by what God is revealing to me in the Lectures.
I come from a Christian home, but at the age of fourteen I stepped away from God because I felt I couldn’t live up to His expectations, little did I realize that He was not the one placing the judgement on me, but I was doing it to myself by the perception that I was not good enough for the church.
The first week of lectures Noah, our speaker for the week, was sharing on “Pursuing Truth” he asked us, What is Truth? I had never thought of that before. I came up with the idea that Truth is pure existence, it is what is right and true, something that can not be corrupted no matter how hard people try, whether or not they choose to accept it.
Noah explained that truth is an accurate description of reality from an infinant perspective, ie: the way things really are. Jesus is the Truth, and He offers us Freedom!
The character of God has been brought into light through Genesis, how God really cared about the world He was creating, He spoke everything into existence, and saw that is was good, that WE were really good. He prepared a place of complete beauty for Adam and Eve, in the garden, gave them everything they needed and more. God took time to engage in relationship with them, walking through the garden together and embracing them. Then sin separates them from the Garden and from God, but even though they denied the protection that God gave them, in their shame He still made clothing for them. Later on, God sent His only Son to bring us back into direct relationship with Him.
The perfect relationship and expression of love, is God – He never fails to provide for His Children, He cares for us, and He wants to embrace us in our brokenness and give us freedom from the sin in our lives.
Pursuing Truth for me is knowing that God created me so he could be in relationship with me, I am beautiful because He made me the way that I am. Jesus is Truth, He is the light of my life, and the reason I am here. Without Jesus, I would still be lost in the brokenness this world brings, with no hope, no purpose, no future. But that is not the case, because even though I was filthy with sin, Jesus came to free me from it because I was chosen long before I was brought into this world, to be in relationship with the True King. How blessed am I? The Creator wants ME to be HIS Princess! This is my Paradise, my walk with Jesus and I look forward to engaging in a deeper relationship with Him. He LOVES us!
Melanie Stewart-January 2014 Leadership DTS