My daughter recently submitted five photos in a competition at the State Fair. We left town the day before the fair started and my daughter was anxious to hear the results of the judging. A family member texted a few days later sharing that they’d spotted one of her photos and she’d won 2nd place. They even sent a picture of her photo with the red ribbon attached. My daughter was very pleased but she really wanted to go to the fair so she could see.
When we returned home, we visited the fair as promised. And the search for the photo competition began. We found the building. We found the general viewing area. We then found that the photos didn’t seem to be arranged in any particular order. So, we began searching walls and walls of photos for her five.
With great delight, she discovered that all five had placed in various categories. She won three 1st place ribbons and two 2nd place ribbons. She was ecstatic and beamed with delight. The day at the fair was far more than she’d imagined and she skipped and smiled her way through the remainder of the day.
This scene describes my walk with Christ and maybe yours. In the beginning, I accepted and loved Jesus but most of my knowledge was based on what others told me. I was taught on Sunday mornings or in mission programs. I’d hear someone share their testimony and think, “Wow, I wish I knew God in that kind of way.” The things others reported seemed remarkable, yet, I hadn’t had those experiences.
Eventually, I started reading my Bible, engaged in Bible study and actively pursued Him. And, not surprisingly, I came to know Him in a whole new way. Be seeing for myself, instead of relying on the report of others, I’ve had amazing opportunities for my faith to grow and come to trust Jesus in a deeper, more personal way.
My prayer for each of us is that we see for ourselves. God is real and relevant and wants a relationship with each of us, personally. And, the journey with Him is better than anything we can imagine.