I met God when I was a 7th grader. My family is not religious, so I had never set foot in a church until my friend invited me to her youth group. Our small group of about 25 kids, called “Link”, was like a big group of friends who got together to play youth group staples, like Gaga Ball and 9-Square. Truthfully, I loved going to Link. I decided I would attend a conference with Link called “Power Connection” during the summer before my 8th grade year with my youth group. At that conference, God stole my heart. He acknowledged my pain in a way nobody else had, He loved me harder than anyone ever could, and He surrounded me with people who loved me to help me learn more about who He was.
In the coming months, I reveled in my relationship with God. I soaked myself in scripture, danced during worship, and grew with grace. It wasn’t all perfect, but I had never been so connected to God. We had never had such a strong relationship. But, through choices of my own, I hurt myself and the people around me. I didn’t just walk away from God, I completely abandoned my faith. I felt as though all the progress I had made was completely lost, and I didn’t even know if I wanted it back. I was wrought with doubt, sin, and I felt like the girl I was before, who loved God so deeply, was not me.
When I finished high school, my relationship with God was so far in the back of my head that I didn’t even think about it anymore. We’ve all been in this place; stressed to tears most days, alone, making decisions we never thought we’d make. When I started college at the University of Iowa, I felt like I was living in someone else’s skin. I decided to leave the University of Iowa and move back home- anything to try and feel like my old self again. I searched for this feeling by moving to my hometown, attempting to rekindle old relationships, and by trying to relive old times. It didn’t work.
I knew I needed to move on, so I transferred to UNI. When I moved, I felt a call to God. The relentless pursuit of God was obvious to me now- I saw reminders of what it felt like to know I was loved by God. I started praying again, building my relationship with Jesus back up. When I asked for forgiveness, I could feel the immediate welcoming embrace of His love filling up my emptiness. I found what I was searching for all that time. Why? Because when He knocked, I answered the door.
After I let God back in, I saw everything around me begin to change. The world seemed brighter, I had more energy, and I rediscovered the peace and kindness inside of me. The frustrated, angry, and lonely person I had been was someone I could leave behind, all because of God’s relentless pursuit of me.
Maybe you feel like you are so far gone that you could never come back to Jesus, or maybe you doubt about whether or not He is even there, but just because God’s knock sounds quieter to you right now does not mean that it is. He is there, standing at the door waiting to come in and join you.
If you hear God’s knock loud and clear already, then listen! What is God trying to make happen for you?
Future educator, Acoustic guitarist, Knowledge seeker
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