In a recent blog post, ” A 12 year old Atheist,” I wrote about my journey and what brought me to Atheism at a young age.￼
Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
In contemplation recently – a realization, an uncovering was made to me by God of all of the times that I had questioned His Presence.
Questioning God is not something that has happened in the past few years, but there were times when I thought my faith was so rocksolid, so definitively sound, I thought nothing could ever rock my world so much that I would say after the incident, “Where were You￼?” You know, in those times, it really did bother me a lot – to know that I was questioning again, His Reality, like I did when I was a child￼.
Isaiah 30:15 In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.
We have all had those critical moments in life where we are either on the edge, at a crossroad, or going into a place of desolation￼ – wondering, where was He in that moment and if He loved me, why would He allow something to happen that would forever change the reality of life?
Isaiah 43:1 “Don’t fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine.”
As we age, along comes wisdom, understanding and knowing Him in Truth. And so coming from a different place, a healthier spiritual place, I was thinking about those incidences in my life￼ …
* Where was God, when I cried myself to sleep, listening to my parents fight at night?￼￼
God was in the wind, outside of my window and He was in the trees, that gentle sound of the wind, just hitting the leaves to start a beautiful harmony that would comfort me – amidst the screaming.￼ There was not one time that I did not end up falling asleep listening to the sound of the wind in the trees.
* Where was God, when I was living in a car and sleeping in shelters with my mother? Did He not care about me and my mom?￼
God was in the warmth of the comfortable bed that I had that evening. He was in the smiles of the volunteers at the shelters that made me feel like I was a human being. I saw God in the woman that hugged my mother and told her it would be okay.
* Where was God when I was being physically abused by my mother, leaving bruises on only the hidden parts that people could not see on my body￼￼?
God was there that day in school, when He told me to go see my school nurse, because the next time I may not make it out alive.
* Where was God when I did what it is that He asked me to do in school that day and I was then sitting in the office?
God was there when I was asked if I wanted to go live with my dad, I felt that brave surge, which I now know is the Holy Spirit, guiding me to say that I did not want to go with either one of my parents – that I chose a foster home instead. ￼￼
* Where was God when I would go to the foster home and I felt so alone and so unsure and was asking myself, “What did I just do?￼”
God was there, in the woman that He chose for me, would ultimately bring me to Him and to the Blessed Mother Mary￼. Jesus brought me to someone who would forever change my life.
* Where was God, the night that an adult man held a knife to my neck as a teenager and took my innocence away?
God was there, He was there on the way that the light was reflecting on the wall￼. The way that the trees played off of the light, it brought me to a different place for that moment, a place where I felt the Presence of God without knowing it was Him in that moment. God was there in the courtroom when the judge had compassionate eyes and made me feel safe to testify.
If we all stop and really assess ￼some of the most defining moments in our life, we will see that God was there in each one of those moments.
Why doesn’t He stop things from happening? Because God has given all of us a free will￼￼.
What Jesus will do, is if each one of us is willing to take our crosses and to unite them with His Cross, with His Suffering, He will turn our tragedies ￼around to help one of our fellow brothers and or sisters that have gone through something like what we have. This is the ultimate goal in life, is to￼ help another fellow soul get through some hard time by showing that you are a survivor and you came out on the other side even better than when you went in.￼
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.