The past 11 weeks:
studying, reading, praying, learning, listening, arguing, theorizing, crying, crying, crying, thinking, writing, asking, going, eating, praying, praying, preaching, sharing, challenging, giving, growing, pushing, pulling, taking, fighting, weeping, forgiving, starting, ending. listening. crying. learning. growing.
One of the first words that God ever spoke to me was this:
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you.” (God to the Israelites, Jeremiah 29)
I read the Bible when I was 17 years old and those words felt personal.
These 11 weeks, I needed God. I called, I sought him, mostly on my face, crawling, reaching out. And I’ve found that he is not far off from me. Or from my friends here in Taiwan. I believe he is not far from any one of us. And he promises to be found.
“The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for ‘In him we live and move and have our being’” (Paul at the Areopagus, Acts 17)