“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
~Revelation 1:8 (New International Version, ©2010)~
It occurs to me daily that many people I know think I may have a screw loose. This is fine. In fact, I’m sure I do. However; not for the same reasons they are thinking. Their concern comes from my newly found love and appreciation for Jesus Christ. I shouldn’t say newly found, I guess newly rediscovered would be a better way to put it. In general, people are okay to accept that you are a Christian as long as you don’t “cram it down their throats” or “rub it in their face.” My feelings about this are that the reason these people are so bothered by your Christianity is one of two things; either they are jealous of your happiness and the peace that comes with knowing you are God’s child or they are frightened by your confidence in Christ or possibly both. We are often afraid of what we do not understand and in some cases, we are willing to explore those fears. With Christianity, however; it seems more and more people are more terrified of losing themselves in Christ than of giving their heart and soul to something that simply isn’t God. They hide behind man-made spirituality and a cloak of justifications for their behavior that has been pieced together by wrong influences.
For a time, I was fascinated with astrology and the tarot and all that came with these things in terms of their prophetic nature. It was fun to read my horoscope and see how closely it related to the things that would happen during each day. I later got to thinking that maybe that was God’s way of reaching me since I wasn’t reading the Bible and I wasn’t in church. Maybe, He was trying to communicate with me through the things that He knew I was paying attention to. Maybe He was, maybe He wasn’t. That remains to be seen. The truth is that once I started acknowledging His presence in my life, I no longer needed the validation of a tarot reading or of a daily horoscope to let me know what to expect. I now know that if I am truly following God, He will guide my steps and there is no power that resides in those things that will overturn God’s plan for me. I can resist and continue to try and provide self-fulfilling prophecies at the power of suggestion that exists in those things, but ultimately, if I am following God, my path is predetermined and I will eventually end up where He wants me to be. The difficulty of the journey is all that I can possibly alter and that comes from my commitment or lack of commitment to Him.
And so, when I ask the question, “What if they’re right?” I’m not talking about the others. I’m speaking from the perspective of someone who isn’t currently following God. What if Christians have it right and those who fear or refuse to acknowledge God’s presence will be left behind when the end finally comes? It’s a sad thought and not one I would want to explore in the Tarot. I certainly wouldn’t want to put my faith anywhere but in Christ as we get to the end of this journey. The question is, “Will you?”
“And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven”
~ Luke 1:76-78 ~
My name is Rebecca Benston. I’m a Christian. I’m a woman. I’m a mother. I’m a writer. I’m a thinker. When I write fiction, I am usually writing a mystery series called The Rona Shively Stories. My P.I. character, Rona Shively is feisty, fearless and fabulous and is usually caught up in something she doesn’t want to be caught up in. In addition to this series, I also have a blog called Higher Ground for Life. Through this blog, I’m hoping to reach women or anyone who is seeking to develop a relationship with God and give them inspiration to get out there and follow His path for their lives!
I also have a blog called Leading the Follower. This one is my favorite. I write about religion, faith, spirituality and all that goes along with it. What we believe, what we don’t believe, what we are told to believe and how society feels about believing in general. I do a lot of testifying here and some of what I say may make you angry. Most of it will make you think. Some of it will make you cry. Any of it could make you laugh. It’s really up to you.
If you are looking for practical advice, honest conversation, and no nonsense observations about living in today’s world, check out my blogs at http://highergroundbooksandmedia.com and http://www.ronashively.wordpress.com and http://www.highergroundforlife.wordpress.com and http://www.leadingthefollower.wordpress.com. And if you’re so inclined, you can purchase my books and some other great, inspirational works from Higher Ground Books & Media at http://highergroundbooksandmedia.com.