Who am I, I am a Child of God!
Who Am I Casting Crowns
“Who am I that the lord of all the earth, would care to know my name. Would care to feel my hurt? Who am I that the bright and morning star, would choose to light the way. For my ever wandering heart?” Who am I? These beautiful words are from a song by Casting Crowns; Who Am I.
Last fall, there was a women’s conference near my hometown, I have been to the past few years. It is a great place where women of all ages come together and learn and worship together. This year’s theme was “Who am I”. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend, but I received a lot feedback. During the finale, they all gathered in the sanctuary as there was singing and praising, and then came the lesson that many say tears rolled down their cheeks without an end in sight. There was a basket at the bottom of the stairs near the podium, the content of the baskets was rather unusual, rocks. ROCKS! Yes, I said rocks, each row was summoned to file a line and each grab a rock. Once everyone had their rock they were asked to turn it over and read what was written. There was messages on each one, messages like, “I am Blessed,” “I am Loved,” “I am Special,” and so forth. What did all these messages mean? As I thought about it, I came to the conclusion that we are not supposed to identify as being, a mother, sister, daughter, friend, coworker, writer, or whatever we use to describe ourselves. God wants us to focus on what he sees us as, and he sees us as loved, special and blessed, most of all, the one thing he wants us to know is that we are His Child!
What does it mean to be a child of God? To me it means security. In the mist of the storm God is never worried, because he controls the storm. He is in control of my life. Yes, he gives me choices and free will to do as I please. However, in the end, whatever my choice, whether I choose, right or wrong; I can always count on God to lead me through. Have you ever stopped to think that the issues that are controlling your life are not as harmful as you think? What if it is a test?
The question has been asked, “Why, God have you taken me through troubled water?” He replied, “Because your enemies cannot swim.” What a profound statement, God did not send you through the troubled water to drown, he sent you through troubled water to keep your emeries away. One of my favorite poems ever written was the “Footprints in the Sand” this is a well-known poem. The story is a person that was questioning God to why there was only one set of footprints during the worst part of his life. God said, “My Precious Precious child, I love you and would never leave you. When you saw only one set of footprints, it was I that carried you.” God loves us and will always be there for us, anytime anywhere.
Always keep in mind life is complicated, and at times it can be jagged. It is not always sunshine and roses, even for Christians. Especially for Christians, God always wants to know that we will ask for help, and guidance along the way. There are often times that God puts us through rough waters, just so we will call out to him in desperation. Why would a loving God do such a thing? People ask this question many times, Why God Why? I do not know fully why God allows things to enter our lives except that it is a lesson that we will be able to teach to someone else later.
A young woman barely 18, still in high school, has found out she is pregnant. What is she going to do, how is she going to tell her parents? This is where the life lessons come into play. Somewhere, someone has been through this exact experience and will be able to help this young woman along. This same young lady has a miscarriage, and later in life after she is married, she has a couple more miscarriages. Why? The causes of miscarriages are rather unknown medically, but spiritually I feel it is God’s way of seeking love from his children. We tend to only need him when tragedy strikes, but I also feel he uses theses heartbreaks for the good in the future. So, why did she have multiple miscarries, because somewhere in the future there is going to be a women or young girl that will have a miscarriage and she will be able to console her and truly know what she is feeling. Plus, she has a promise of seeing these sweet babies in heaven someday.
Another great example, a young girl is being abused inside her own safe haven. She is being sexually, mentally and sometimes even physically abused at times. She is hurting in many ways and feels as if she has been forgotten by the entire world. This same little girl grows up and becomes a child of God. Where does God place her at? He places her in a church where there are many children hurting, some in the same ways as she was years ago. We may not always understand, and it may seem like God is not there, but it is all in his timing and his rules. He has got your back.
So, the next time someone ask you the question, “Who am I?” Do not define yourself with labels, instead tell them you are a child of God.