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How a Rock Saved My Life

How a Rock Saved My Life

 
By:  Mission Team April 14, 2021
#AmazingNation, #Faith, #Hope, #love, #Trust

April 2017 was a month of important choices, feelings of hopelessness, and significant miracles in my life. I was struggling immensely with depression, anxiety, my relationship with parents, friends, and especially God. At the beginning of April, I felt like I was being pushed to make a choice. I had been teetering on the fence for over a year. Do I continue to follow God through this pitch black forest of pain, suffering, and emptiness? I definitely couldn’t see any way out from where I was. Or do I escape the only way I thought I could and leave God entirely behind?

By mid-April, I was beginning to despair. I couldn’t pray. Often when I tried talking to my parents, it turned into an argument. I felt like my friends didn’t see me, and if they did, they definitely didn’t understand me. Despite these feelings, something told me I had to give it one more shot. I walked outside and down to the creek at the bottom of the hill in my backyard.

I would go out there almost every day to escape the daily stresses of family life and school. I began praying for clarity. Clarity in my life to know that this pain, this hopelessness was going to end. Clarity to see that even though I felt like God was a million miles away, He actually did care about me and He was at my side walking with me. Clarity to know that even though I felt like I was talking to no one, that He could hear me and that He was listening intently to every word I was crying out to Him.

I needed to know I wasn’t alone. My vision of reality was off because I was seeing things through teary, fogged up eyes. All I could see was the pain I was in and nothing else. But God’s mercy is truly infinite. I was sitting next to the creek, crying and pouring every last ounce of strength into my prayer that God would see me, hear me, and answer me.

As I looked down in the creek, I saw a large white rock. It caught my attention immediately because I hadn’t noticed it before even though I would sit in that same spot almost every day. I took a closer look and for a moment I thought I was imagining it. No, it was real. I stepped into the creek and picked it up. A heart! It might sound silly to you, and I suppose it is. But regardless of how random it was at the time, that rock was just what I needed to crush the doubts and despair in my heart.

We often think of God as just this boss that sits up in the sky and makes rules we have to follow. Oftentimes, we don’t see Him for who He truly is, a Loving Father who desires a personal relationship with us.

You would think that just one incredible gift like that would be enough, right? Well that’s what I thought. But the very next day I walked down to the creek once again and saw another heart. This time in the form of a leaf. God truly does have a whacked sense of humor!

That Sunday, I told my youth group about it. One of the adult volunteers said that her sister, who was also there, sees hearts as well. This girl told me that she sees hearts everywhere and I would start seeing them all the time as well. I remember smiling politely and respectfully brushing it off. As if! Right? That’s not just something that happens. Well, little did I know!

One thing I’ve learned, never underestimate God’s Power, Love, or sense of humor. It has been almost five years and God continues to show me hearts almost every day! Do I deserve it? Absolutely not. But that’s the beauty of God’s Mercy, you don’t have to deserve it!

There is nothing God wants more than for you to give Him a chance to love you. All you have to do is give Him permission, and you’d be surprised at the ways in which He comes up with to show you. Keep your eyes, ears, and heart open to the whispers of God’s heart and I promise you, God will blow your mind!

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About the Author Mission TeamThe mission team is made up of writers within the HN team who serve for a time with our ministry to Awaken the World to the Power of God's Love. Through their efforts, their vision of making a world where no one suffers alone is an encouragement to many hurting people of all ages. 


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