Friday, May 20, 2011

Gotta have Faith...

That's another aspect to my life that I want to work on: My relationship with God.

Last year, I discovered some parts of me that brought deep meaning to my faith and how I understand my place in God's plan. Unfortunately, that discovery brought some experiences and ... uhm... side-effects that served as a pretty distraction and resulted in our relationship reaching a bit of a winter season in December.

But at the beginning of the month, I started reading A Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren and among days of good and valid messages, one struck me.

No matter what, I should focus on God. Any feelings and experiences are extra. Bonuses. NOT THE POINT!!!

When I realized my mistake, I prayed for God's forgiveness and asked for some guidance.

Lo and behold, I get an e-mail from a guy responding to a mail I sent months ago (November) who asked for a meeting so that he could help clarify some of the things I've experienced lately.

The meeting was great, explained so much to me and helped me put a lot of things into perspective and now, I can feel God's presence with me again. So here's to a new season in our relationship!

Anyone else been experiencing a distance between you and God? Anything that you need a prayer for? Feel free to contact me at mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com if you want to talk but keep it private.


Theresa said...

At times you wonder where God has gone, but meanwhile you are the wanderer. Always. When you come back you realise that you are the one who went away and then refreshing new life can start again. If only we didn't wander away so much. But we all do. And we all cry in the night because of it.

D. U. Okonkwo said...

Amen, this is lovely, Misha. The journey of faith is just that - a journey. There are struggles and trials, and anyone who says differently isn't reading their Bible properly! But God puts us through things to strengthen us, I can definitely attest to that.

So keep the faith, and keep God close.

Have a great weekend.

Misha said...

So true, Theresa. It's usually us that cause the separation. Quite often, we go back to find God waiting patiently exactly where we left Him.

Thanks DUO, I'm glad that you enjoyed my story. Good luck on your Journey with God!

Geoff Maritz said...

Hello Misha. So you felt you were a little lost for a while and thought God was lost did you? Well welcome to the club. In your next post you talk about weighing everything and making a decision as to whether you really need those extra calories, I think you use a scale and conversion tables or something to keep you on track. Having a relationship is kind of like weight loss, you've got to decide whether you really need that extra. . . . . . The conversion table that you need to use is the Bible and what God tells you in his word and your progress is the scaly with which you measure. The result; a better relationship with God. It takes determination and perseverance but if you stick to it, you will see. Do you really want a better relationship with God? Do you really want to lose weight? You decide.
Keep going my now not so overweight friend, Ha Ha, and may God bless not only your wish to be closer to Him, but everything you ever undertake. Geoff.

Mercy a.k.a Rogue said...

I have been trying to live my life with faith and grace. At times it can be very difficult, and other things in life take my focus away, its something I struggle with a lot. I wish you luck on your path and hope you find peace within yourself. We are walking very similar paths.

Misha said...

Hahaha thanks Geoff. I love the way you looked at this. I agree with you 100%. Both the relationship and weight loss is about commitment. :-)

Mercy, even though I always know that it's the case, I'm always glad to hear that I'm not alone on the path. I struggle with distractions too. God bless you on your journey!