Twelve years ago today, I became a Christian.
Looking back, the ironic thing about my conversation being on Independence Day, was that I never knew what true freedom was.
There was a large tapestry (of the scripture above) within the Church, in the United Kingdom.
When I was on my “journey” of discovering who God was, I would look at in wonder.
Not because the words spoke to me at the time, but because I was transfixed in wonder that the quotation marks hadn’t been ended on the tapestry, and I wondered who I needed to speak to in order to rectify that!
The Minister was very graceful as I told him about the mistake I’d found.
How much easier is it to focus on other people’s mistakes or misfortunes, than our own?
I remember that this Scripture kept playing out in my mind. At the time, I thought it was the quotation marks that were the issue, but I had memorised those words and it went deep into my soul.
Matthew 7:7 taught me to “ask” God, that if He was real, then He needed to show up in my life because I couldn’t go on anymore and I didn’t have the strength to take another step.
Matthew 7:7 taught me to “seek” God, because that is when I received His truths instead of carrying around the lies and deceit of what this world brings to us.
And lastly, Matthew 7:7 taught me, that by knocking on that door – I realised that God had been waiting my whole life, for that exact moment. That moment for Him to reveal His goodness, His mercy, and His perfect love.
I have had twelve years of freedom and not a single regret. Those years have been hard at times, I’m not going to lie, because being a Christian is tough. The world says Christian’s are crazy but when you bring your reality into line with God’s, that truth really does set you free.
Matthew 7:7 not only took me on the journey of discovering who God is, but who I am in Him and I am eternally grateful to the person who didn’t finish those quotation marks!