The concept of a loving God can be hard to picture in a world so rooted in darkness. This story is based on a personal experience and the restoring love of God. When bad things happen we have two options – to run away from God, or run straight towards him.
My prayer is for every reader to have a conscious, strong experience with the love of God in a powerful and tangible way.
She chose him and followed him in times of uncertainty and she returned to him time and time again when things became difficult.
She consciously surrendered everything to him and tried her hardest to live a perfect life, focused on his plans and his will. She chose to surrender in the knowledge that she would always be protected.
Suddenly like a flash out of nowhere she was surrounded by a deep darkness. One interaction with the cruelest aspects of this world, one of the vilest forms of sin. And it hurt her -deeply.
Scars dug deep into her soul, deeper than she could ever possibly imagine and she scampered into hiding away from the light, far from hope.
Slowly and surely, people began to look for her and search for her, gently helping her and aiding her.
But the same question remained in her mind, the same confusion and anger:
“Where were you? Why did you leave me? You promised to protect me! Why?”
It is the cruelest of things when sin breaches a heart after God. After a while that same questioning seed of doubt began to grow, and grow.
With tears in her eyes she whispered: “Are you even real? Do you even love me?”
And the answer came, through the simple voices of children, the honesty of friends and the words of her closest family. The answer was louder than she could have ever imagined.
I love you, I died for you! I gave you the chance to come to me, and you came. You want to live a life surrendered to me, but you are not home yet.
You met with darkness when you least expected it. I have protected you, for your identity will never be tarnished by what has happened to you.
I have protected you, for no matter what this world throws at you, my love will always be stronger. I have given you eternal life. YOU ARE FREE!
You can stand in the knowledge of your identity as my daughter – a child so precious and dearly loved in my eyes.
Since the day you came to me you were never alone!