One of the most meaningful verses of the Christian journey in my personal walk is Acts 17:24-28. The very thought that God determined every minute detail of our lives, exclusively that we would search for and find Him, is overwhelming. He designed this whole existence for us to seek Him out, though He is not far from any one of us. Paramountly, we were also tasked with meaningful work during our human experience for the purpose of effecting respective and collective spiritual growth. He is a sovereign God, so this perfectly crafted miracle of a life is true for all seven and a half billion of us.
It is mind-blowing that the master of the universe - the force and energy of absolute LOVE itself - knit each of our DNA strands together, ordained our individual existence in this world, and intended us to live together this very time in history.
On a personal note, this means God was deliberate in creating each layer of my personality, with all of its subtle and sometimes starkly obvious freedoms, constraints and constructs. My identity has been considerably speckled by the minefield and warped by residual reverberations of slavery and systemic racism in America. My human journey includes being biracial and bicultural. I grew up with a black absentee father - who left to become a preacher, a fierce Norwegian mother, extreme poverty, overcrowded living conditions with my four siblings and an overwhelmed single parent (all this buffeted between a three year stint in an orphanage) and a childhood culminating in a teenage pregnancy. Trust me, I know that God knits interesting stories through reconciliation - intra and inter personally. My primary identity today is a fervent follower of Jesus Christ.
During this spiritual odyssey, I needed sincere Christians to help me along the path and give me hope. They did this by illuminating a glimpse of the kingdom and embodying Christ's love with soothing, empowering words and deeds. He strategically places these light-filled ushers from every walk of life, hue, ability and generation for each one of us.
Through relationships and divine intersections God reveals the truth of our individual and collective purpose, who we are and how to live out love. Discovering spiritual kinship through the hard work of reconciliation is the key to healing one person, one church, one nation at a time - and eventually the whole world.