The Bible often says we should know Him. That’s great, but how can we? He left this earth 2000 years ago, lifted off by a cloud. However, since nothing was made without Him making it, we can trip around nature and see His handiwork, which tells a lot about Him. Visiting a virgin forest and seeing how the trees have fallen from age or disease, cluttering the forest floor, how scrub brush covers the sunny ground while the shady ground is barren, this tells me two things about Him. 1). He’s not afraid of making a mess. 2). He’s not opposed to taking the easy way out.
I learn a lot about Him from reading the Bible, which is my favorite thing to do. I put myself into the biblical stories and in my mind act out the story like a stage play in which I have a major or minor role. To give an example, in the parting of the Red Sea so the Israelites could cross over on dry land, I imagined myself as one of Pharaoh’s soldiers driving a chariot across the seabed running after them. I couldn’t believe my eyes when my wheels turned to squares. How the dickens did that happen? But I had to persevere no matter what the hardship as I served Pharaoh. Then when the water no longer stood tall as a frozen wall, I instinctively lifted my arms to protect myself and had one clear, sterling thought as the water whooshed over me. “How blessed am I to be alive to play a part in this magnificent event!”
There were a few things I noted about myself right away.
1. I was happy. I was incredibly happy! After five years of descending, accelerating depression, I floated euphorically in exhilarating love. I loved God. There wasn’t a moment when I wasn’t loving God.
2. I had an insatiable appetite for reading the Word. In the past I had picked up the Bible many times and found it to be inscrutable, but now I read with understanding. That dove sat on my shoulder and told me what the words meant. God actually wanted a good life for me and in fact, wanted me to be His friend and work His works with Him. It was all right there in black and white.
Writing has been in my blood, so to speak, but when I surren-dered my life to Jesus Christ and He told me to write, all my trepidations rolled away and I began in earnest! After all, if God Almighty says it was His idea that I be a writer, who am I to stand in His way? My hope is that you not only like what I write, but that your life is moved by it, and that your party to Jesus and with Jesus turns your life into days of Heaven on Earth.