“Have Houses of Faith became Tourist Destinations or still are House of Prayers to connect to God both for Friendship and Miracles?
Trials and difficulties are suppose to draw People closer to God. Mountains of Problems and Hard Times are suppose to humble our hearts to seek miracles, answers and help from the all powerful Almighty Divine. When we have Fallen and no one is extending a hand, we are suppose to pray in the hope of being saved by our Savior. But in all these, have we? Are we used to self reliance that we instinctively just rely only on ourselves to save us from everything we need saving? Or we prayed so many times, hoped so many days and nights for unanswered prayers that we just stopped trying?
When I was younger, and my dreams simpler, God felt so close. When I ask for a miracle, he gives it. When I dream of the impossible, he makes it happen. He moved mountains for me. He used to give me wings to soar where my heart wants to fly. God was my secret weapon in wining all my battles. He was my healer to mend all my brokenness mind, body, heart and soul.
But then we drifted apart kinda like Family and Friends drift apart. Events happened. Circumstances happened. Human Relationships full of anger, unforgiving hate, pain, traumatic heartbreaks happened. Life’s worse happened. Months turn to years. Years turns to forever. Something turned to anything. Anything turned to nothing.
I’m alive, but why do I feel mostly dead? Why every time a get to experience a moment of happiness, it is taken as quickly as it comes? Am I really that bad? I’m I really that deserving of this curse? Will I see and feel my God’s love again?
The Pandemic was suppose to draw People closer to God for help but instead, many have not returned to their place of Worship after the Lockdown was lifted. I am one of them.
I still pray. I still think of God everyday. I still ask for him to save me but this time, I don’t expect much. If he wants to mend my heart from all that it feels, he will. If he wants to renew all my lost precious connections and relationships, he will. If he wants me to have a happiness, love and peace that last a bit longer, he will. No expectations, only gratefulness and surrender for every blessing bestowed.
Besides, who am I really to be bratty, proudly entitled or impatiently demanding? God is God, and me, just a tiny Human speck of dust from his billions of Creations.
I’m 50 now, and for reasons I don’t fully understand, I feel that I’m 50 thousand miles apart from God. I know he has a Kingdom somewhere up there, but I don’t see that anymore like I use to visualize it. There’s just this Wall Screen that constantly changes its images that stands before me and the eternal promises behind it.
When I am able figure out how to remove that Wall Screen, a new updated one instantaneously emerge. How many Wall Screens, don’t know but seems unlimited.
So back to ground zero and a lot of self reflections and soul searching. The question is the same, just rephrased differently. “Has my House of Faith turned to a Tourist Destination or do I want it to become a House of Prayers again to connect with my God for Friendship and Miracles?”
“Signs if we want to see them as signs are placed by God to remind us that we are not hopeless. We can change. We can be healed. We can find that lost Faith that long ago gave us so much life, so much joy, so much invincibility and freedom.”
In the old times God reveals himself through Nature like the Burning Bush at Mount Horeb, or speak directly through voices of thunder from the sky. He would even visit People in their Homes and talk to them in Person through chosen good Men and Women. He would join them for Dinner and stay overnight.
It was Personal. It was Supernaturally Phenomenal. Then Temples we’re made for God’s People to gather. We now call these Temples Churches that ranges in size and grandeur as simple as a bamboo Hut to extravagant Mansions and Palaces. Is God present in all of them all the time? Is God more accessible and guaranteed if one enters these structures?
A belief was made that we can only seek, connect and find God in this man-made places when truth is God is present everywhere. Where we are becomes our direct access to God through prayers. Where we are, when our hearts are true and sincere, becomes a place of worship and revelation. We, our bodies are the Churches of God.
God is the most flexible, the most simple, the most patient, kind, forgiving and understanding. Humans just made everything fancy and complex that it’s easy to be lost in a that trappings we ourselves have created.
Times have changed. How we connect to God has changed. Whatever works. No more confine spaces. No more rules created by People to subdue and control other People.
If texting God, make us closer to him, then that is a way of prayer. If we like to speak to him silently or verbally directly, then that’s how we communicate in prayer. If we worship God through recorded Youtube worship videos and songs, then that’s a form of worship and prayer.
If action is our thing and doing good deeds and services through our work is how we worship and thank God, then that is how we pray, honor and build our relationship with God. No one size fits all box anymore.
God wants us to be free to make our choices in how we can best build the most meaningful relationship with him.
If we are open and ready, God will meet us where we are. All we have to do is ask and call his name in a way that is most comfortable and natural. Come as we are because we all will be welcomed as we are.
“If Blogging is our way of communication, worship, sharing God’s love and work in our lives, then it’s our form of prayer. If it draws People closer towards their Faith and inspires them to try again God, then we become the high speed internet Church of God accessible anywhere, anytime, however we are.”
Amen to all. Praise God always and forever.