Sometimes I get messages about this blog and people tell me how peaceful I sound.
The truth is, I want to reach out and touch people (not in a creepy way, more like those old telephone company ads, remember those?) and sometimes I hear that I do. My heart sings to know that I have reached someone, made someone feel better or connected with them.
But the truth is...I am not at peace, I do not have all the answers and sometimes, sometimes I feel like a big fraud.
Do I believe what I write here? Absolutely. I believe in a loving, forgiving and grace-filled God. I believe we can trust God. I believe we do not ever walk alone.
Err umm I believe that you don't ever walk alone.
The truth is, often I feel like I've ticked God off in a major way and He has washed His hand of me. (Picture him wiping his hands together to brush off the crumbs of my messiness.) I feel it in my heart when I am feeling unlovely and maybe a little bit like everyone else's life is working out and mine is not. so. much. I feel the envy rotting my bones. I feel the weight of poor decisions on my shoulders. I feel... hopeless.
I don't think anyone else should feel this way. I think God is all merciful and loving. It's just that...I don't understand why things haven't worked out. Clearly my sins, my poor decisions and my own messiness are far worse than yours. Right? Because I must have done something...
So when I write, imagine me trying to find the peace through my words. When you read, know that I am trying to find my way. I know the Truth, but I cannot always feel it. I know He is with me, but sometimes I feel like I cannot find Him. His footsteps are silent, His hands so gentle that I may not notice their embrace.
At these times, I just know that somehow, someway He will get me through. And He will get you through, too.
I believe it, but the truth is, sometimes I don't feel it. I pray that you always do.