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Encounter Thursday: Explore

The theme of this week’s encounter is exploring faith, and while I was thinking about what to write I remembered a drawer I have in my room holding old memories. It’s completely devoted to old Bible verses I loved, journals from Bible camps and missions trips, and other memories of my faith journey. I have to admit, lately I haven’t been on a ‘spiritual high,’ it seems more like a valley.

I spent about an hour going through this drawer. I put on some Christian music and read some of my old favourite Bible verses. I read about some missions trips and weekend retreats I went on, and read how God worked in me and the people around me. One story I read was from when I spent a couple weeks in the small Saskatchewan town of Nipawin. I was there on a missions trip. On one of the days, our team decided to buy some flowers to hand out to random people on the street. When I was stepping out of the car with some flowers in hand an older woman was walking by and asked, “Who’s the funeral for?” And I said, “No one, we just want to hand out flowers and bless people. Do you want one?” The woman, Linda, walked right over and hugged me and took a flower and started to tear up. So, we prayed for her and then said a couple more words of encouragement and then she crossed the street and hugged two random people on the other side (they happened to also be from our group, but Linda didn’t know that). And then a stranger walked by and Linda said shouted, “These people can save your souls!” We all smiled because we could tell Jesus was working in her life. And all I did was offer her a flower. Also on that same trip, there were times when we would pray for someone’s pain to go away and it would!

Looking back at my current situation, I’m wondering why I’m letting myself stay in this valley. Life is exciting with Jesus! And I think Jesus smiled a bit when I realized this, because He wants to have real relationships with us. God didn’t just create us to watch from far away, He wants to be actively involved in our lives.

I encourage you to find time for God this week, something that isn’t routine–really take advantage of the time taken out from school this week to encounter God.

And to finish off I challenge you to see if the following verses become true by the end of this week. They are from Psalms 63:1-3:

You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.

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