Monday, February 23, 2009

He Knows You.

Some people are not sure that God exists.  The term these people typically identify themselves with is "agnostic".

It's hard not knowing things.  And by nature, in this life, there are many things of which we are unsure.  But we do not have to be ignorant of the existence of a Heavenly Father.  If we want to know that He exists, all we have to do is ask

In 2003, I was jobless, living in Washington, DC.  I was trudging through my second excrutiating month of being unemployed.  My tiny stash of savings was depleated, and the bills were piling up.  One particular day, I was on my way to what would surely be yet another painful job interview--ending in rejection. 

Dressed up, but feeling very down, I sat in the metro station waiting for my train.  

The world was moving so quickly around me.  It seemed like everything that could go wrong in a young life pretty much had--and in a very short period of time.  With no job and no money, I was starting to wonder if one day I might just simply disappear.  Would anyone even notice that I no longer existed?  I was beginning to wonder. 

As my train approached, I said a quick silent prayer, "Please, Heavenly Father, I need to know that you know I am here...please help me to share the gospel with someone today..."

My prayer was suddenly interrupted by the sound of my train's doors opening.  

I quickly boarded my train, and since it wasn't very crowded, I sat in one of the roomy seats usually reserved for the elderly.  I had made a habit of reading my church institute manual during my commute, so I started reading where I left off in a chapter about the nature of God.  

At the very next stop, a woman boarded and sat to the right of me.  After a while, I noticed that she was reading over my shoulder!  She then asked me what I was reading.  I told her that it was a church book about the basic beliefs of my religion.  Before she left the train, I gave her my book, and she gave me a religious book she had been reading.  It was a nice exchange.

As she walked away, I was stunned by how quickly and completely the Lord had answered my prayer.  I was filled with the realization that he was aware of me and cared about my concerns enough to answer a simple prayer whispered in the corners of my mind in a dark lonely subway station.  He let two of his children know that He was aware of them that day.

Some people might rationalize away that little story, but for me, it was no small miracle.  It's something that I try never to forget.

The Lord takes all of us through difficult times in order to demonstrate to us that he is aware of us and that he loves us.

Just last year, I was reading scriptures with my children.  Before I began reading, I said a prayer that I would feel his love for me.  As I read a certain passage I gained even more understanding about why I went through that particularly difficult time in my life.  

This is what I read, "...I will also be your alight in the wilderness; and I will prepare the way before you, if it so be that ye shall keep my commandments; wherefore, inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall be led towards the bpromised land; and ye shall cknow that it is by me that ye are led.
  Yea, and the Lord said also that: After ye have arrived in the promised land, ye shall aknow that I, the Lord, ambGod; and that I, the Lord, did cdeliver you from destruction..."

The words "I, the Lord, am God", "it is by me that ye are led," and "I, the Lord, did deliver you" really stood out.  They were no longer just words on a page, but a message from the Lord spoken directly to me.  I knew then that the Lord lead me through difficult times so that I would know that He is God. 

The Lord, God, Our Heavenly Father does exist.  Not only is he aware of us, but he is deeply interested in our lives.  You don't have to just take my word for it...You can ask him yourself.

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1 comment:

  1. lovely post...I remember talking once to an atheist and he said he didn't believe in God. My quick response was...well, God believes in you.