After years and years of being raised to know the name of a man that was supposed to be the very reason for my existence. Hearing the same name a thousand times over, all of my life. My mother would remind me of the beauty of His name and His countenance. My father would teach me about His loving kindness. My grandparents never let me forget His faithfulness. My Pastor taught me all about His power and might. Time and time again, the special people in my life pointed me to this man. This name. This love. They expressed to me that He brings peace. A peace that surpasses all knowledge and understanding. I was told that His name alone, is the name that is above every other name. That at this name, one day, every knee will bow and tongue will confess that He is Lord over all.
Let me be straight with you.
All of these lessons and words were just that. They were words. What I didn’t know then, was this: Those very words would one day turn my entire life around, forever. Those words would eventually be the sole reason for each breath that I take. Those words were never just words. From the very beginning, they were truths spoken from the heart of God. Each word spoken to me, for the first 18 years of my life, were used “for such a time as this.” All played a very important role in a love affair that never could have seen coming. One day I looked and acted a certain way and then, all at once, caught up in a single moment with this man that I had heard about all my life, completely altered the course of my life.
I knew the name. I was familiar with His work. I understood that He was real. But, I had never experienced His peace, power, love or compassion. All the amazing qualities of this, apparently perfect man, I had missed out on. When I went off to college, I could feel a shift in my heart. I didn’t know what it was at the time but now, looking back, I am fully aware of the fact that this shift that I felt deep down in my heart was God making room for this man in my life. I thought I had experienced the fullness of God. I had received all the “benefits.” I mean, I was still living and going to my dream college, Lee University. Oh boy, was I wrong.
One day, I’ll never forget it. I found myself caught up in a moment. One of the greatest moments of my life. It changed me in a way that no matter what happens, ever, I will never be the same again. It wouldn’t even be possible for me to go back to the way I was before. All the truths that I was taught all my life, came back to me. They each became real to me, in the form of this man. He was both fully man and fully God.
I realized, in that very moment, that He truly is the peace that can’t be put into words or understood. One thing I did understand was the fact that He alone, is the reason that I breath. He is my heartbeat. I fell deeply and recklessly in love that day. I fell in love with this man. This man that waited 19 years for me to love Him back. I fell in love with the King of Kings. I fell in love with a man that changed the course of history 2,000 years ago. With a man that willingly sacrificed His life for me.
I was able to see the beauty of this man, that my Mom showed me. I saw the kindness and love that Dad had taught. I saw the might and power and faithfulness. In that moment, I felt a love that I had never known before.
The Bible says this:
It says that He sits at the right hand of God. That He intercedes for us. That He is perfect in every way. He is mighty and powerful. He paid the price that only He could pay, all for us. He laid His life down for us. He is joy. He is peace. He is hope. He is love. He died. He conquered the grave! He took the keys of Hell right from Satan himself. He rose from the dead!
My story is this: Every day of my life points to this one moment, this one love. Now that I have found Him, my purpose is to point every person to this man, this life altering love.
This man is Jesus Christ. The love of my life is Jesus.
“who [Jesus], though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”