Nov 13 2001

Epiphany

Jeffrey Larson

I had an epiphany the other day.

I was thinking about the friendships I have had as while growing up, the different roles that I have taken, and what I have learned in each.

In my early years, I struggled as a little boy without many friends.

God was teaching me that the only friend I truly need was Him. I did not feel personal importance. God didn’t stop the rain, but he did give me a raincoat. I always had a loving family.

In my teenage years, I developed many friendships, some of these were ones in which I had to take a leadership role, where I had to support more than be supported.

God was teaching me patience and to take leadership, and the importance of loving my friends no matter what. I felt personal importance from knowing that I could help.

In my University years, I have encountered independence on a greater scale. In this time, I realize that I don’t always have to be the leader and the supporter, but must be the supported at times.

God is teaching me that he will support me through other people. He will provide friendships in which I must and can be lifted up. I feel personal importance from knowing that my friends truly care for me.

So what was my epiphany?

All the friendships I have had… planned.
All the roles I would take in these relationships… known before hand.
All the things I would learn from each one… pre-determined goals.

Hindsight is 20 / 20 and God has always been there, has always been watching, has always been in control.

God knows what He’s doing, and He’s always going to love on us. He’s teaching us and we’re growing in him, even when we don’t know it.

Jesus Christ is only the reason we can have such an awesome relationship with God. And the cool thing is, God longs to have a close relationship with each of us. He proved that by making it as easy as a decision to follow him, by faith, as a start to an intimate relationship with our Creator.

May the One who deserves all Glory and Honour, bless you in His infinite wisdom,


Jeffrey Larson,
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Follower of Jesus Christ,
j_larson@hotmail.com

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:6-7

**Note: this writing was originally posted in Jeffothy.com’s Organized Thoughts section.