Unfortunately, my mother and father separated while I was young and eventually were divorced. This was sad; but, even this taught me lessons that were valuable. With this occurring, we moved into the house with my maternal grandparents. My grandfather was a holiness minister. I grew up going to church every Sunday and Wednesday nights and to revivals. I learned a lot about the Bible, morals and heard much of God. This started me out early in life on a path of spirituality.
I remember at the age of five, sitting on the gravel of the street in front of our house and thinking God had to be great and powerful. I began to see God as loving and one who cared for his children. I started to ask myself, what God truly wanted of us. I began to wonder, what we are here for. I know I was deep in thought and very serious about my thoughts. People can say what they want; but, I verbally heard a voice speak to me. It said, “Smile, so others can smile with you”. In later years, as I thought about this; I found this to mean I should be good to others. I should treat others as I wanted them to treat me. I should love every one. This started me on a path of searching. I began searching for God, his meaning and the true meaning of life. For those who do not believe in a God or a presence that is around and within each of us; I will enter the next paragraph.
I was traveling in west central Georgia in the early eighties. I had just gone around a curve, when I again verbally heard a voice say, “Wreck”. I had been driving with my left arm out the window and hanging beside the car. I few seconds later, I brought my arm in and placed both hands on the steering wheel. Approximately three miles after I heard this voice, a car pulled from a road on the left. It entered the side of the road where I was driving. It hit my car almost head on. It hit the left side of the front of the car and came crushing its way along the side of the car where my arm had been hanging. My arm would have been torn off if I had not brought it in. This was evidence to me of a God, messengers of God or a presence in this world that is with us at all times and everywhere.
I will now go back to the beginning of my journey. Even at five years of age, I was convinced there was someone or something else out there. I knew there had to be more than just millions of people on this earth. We had to have a purpose and hearing that voice say, “Smile, so others can smile with you”, was evidence to me we are here together and should live accordingly.
I began to listen to every sermon I heard. When I was old enough to read, I would read the Bible. I was hungry for knowledge. I would try to pay attention to happenings around me and search for the meaning within. Later in life, I read the Bible from cover to cover. I read every book I could find on God, the presence within and around us. I sought books on spirituality etc. My thirst for knowledge of these matters has never ceased. There have been many events in my life to reinforce the knowledge there is a presence with us always.
Take a look at the news. It is easy to see how we as humanity have turned against this Love for and within each other. I am not trying to be prophetic. I simply state facts. There are wars around the globe, people killing people and brothers killing brothers. Anyone who believes this world can continue as it is has to be in denial. We are only going to survive as a species if we unite and work together in Love and harmony.
Everyone is striving for the same goal. We are only on different paths. As believers, we must unite all around the world in prayer. Believe me, prayer changes things and works. We must try to understand each other. We must stop downgrading others just because they do not see exactly as we do. As believers we can have a mighty impact on this earth and the people living on it if we unite. We must continually pray for peace and Love for this world. Even as a child, we can pray and believe.
I pray that blessings come to all.