July 15, 2008, Praises Along the Way--Why Here? What Now?

Why here? What now? Ever wonder why you live where you live and what your purpose in life may be? I had my 20 year class reunion this last Saturday. What a trip! So many looked the same and some had to tell me who they were but it didn’t take long for us to talk to each other with ease. Just like riding a bike it came back, familiar friendships. Even when we’ve been apart for tens of years.

One of my friends had commented that she does this or that hobby but it seemed that there was emptiness there as she wondered, “What have I done with my life?” As she searched for meaning to her life, I too wonder, God, what’s the purpose? What have I done with my life?

I found a verse this week that was interesting to me. Paul speaks in Acts 17:26 & 27 to the intellects at Athens trying to convince them to serve and honor the “unknown god” only.

He says, “From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.” (Acts 17:26 & 27)

I thought about what Paul was saying, God knows where we are, he put us there in hopes that we would reach for him (my paraphrase) AND he isn’t far from us. Wow, I am where I am because God put me here to reach out to him.

I once had a picture in my mind as I was praying. I was asking God for a person to receive Jesus as their savior… in the picture God waited , just inches from the person’s face…nose to nose…waiting to be invited in. Think about that for a minute. God so doesn’t want anyone to perish, to die without him that he waits patiently, close to our faces so close sometimes that we don’t even see him or know he’s there.

But what is it that causes us to think, what have I done with my life? Maybe it’s God calling to us, whispering in our faces, just reach out to me and you’ll find me and have eternal life. He’s as close as a breath. He gives us the breath we breathe (Gen 2:7) to reach out to him and have relationship with him.

What an awesome thought that the God of the Universe made me and gave me a place in time; put me in a specific region of his creation in hopes I would reach out to him and have a loving relationship with him. It’s too big to get my head around! But it’s true for me and for all he calls. To all who hear his voice and accept his gift of salvation.

God wants to have relationship with us and my thoughts were on him today. How sweet it is to be loved by him!


Anonymous said...

Christie, your comments today were beautiful.....just beautiful!! .....for you...the "why here...what now"...to me is obvious: besides seeing to the needs of Danni, you are doing what God wants-proclaiming the Gospel on this website to hundreds of people. And such a powerful message you are sending!!!!....under the most horrible of circumstances!! Your daughter's illness is glorifying God through your personal words, thoughts, and experiences. And this Glory is being shown to those who may not yet believe. Just think of what effect it may have on them?! I consider myself a strong Christian, yet i find myself wondering if my faith would be as powerful as yours if i were in the same boat? So that is the Why and the What for your current circumstances.....Glorifying the Lord through this website while loving Danni as much as a mother can!!!! :D

May God bless all of you!!


Anonymous said...

Christie, I look forward to checking this blog, not just to keep updated on Danni to be able to pray for specific needs, but for the encouraging and thought provoking things you write. I believe that God is using Danni's cancer, you and this blog to reach the hearts for many, believers who need to grow deeper and unbelievers who need to be drawn to the throne of God. Thanks for sharing your heart. Keep remebering our God is still on the throne and in contro no matter the circumstancesl. He knows every step we are going to take. Walks right there beside us. Praise God!

Anonymous said...

I have felt compelled to write and therefore am doing so. I am an agnostic with no Christian beliefs. I, however, do read your blog daily as I am concerned of the health of your daughter. I am sure there are others out there who are as concerned but do not share your beliefs. Life is fragile whatever one chooses to believe, and there are caring people in all walks of life.

jj said...

Christy, It's time for an update! Your adoring sister, JJ

jarp said...

Chirstie , I just got Danni's web site last night and felt compelled to write. You are all amazing and are an inspiration to all who read your words. You have been in our thoughts and prayers. I wish you continued strenght and comfort. Will be glad to be able to keep up on progress now. From the Prices in Alabama. I'm sending HUGS to all.

Anonymous said...

Why are you not writing?? I check every day.

Anonymous said...

i had heard about danni's brain cancer from the beginnig and i have been following your blog ever since and she has been in my prayers day and night, and so has the rest of the family,my husband knows your dad and mom danni. i know you have alot on your plate christy but i was getting worried when you havent updated your blog in awhile i pray everything is okay with danni and the rest of your family, i get on the blog to get the updates on danni and i just love the little sermons you give im a new christian so im still learning but i can see how this site can reach someone god sure is useing you and dani, you have alot of people out there with you praying and i believe in the power of prayer.danni you have another one in your corner praying for you may god bless you and your family.