I never knew I could love someone the way I love God. I am so self-focused at times, only paying attention to the anxieties and desires of my own heart. I’ve carried that selfishness into too many of my relationships. But God’s beauty and grace are so big that it doesn’t leave much room for my selfish demands or insecurities. With Him, I become unaware of my darkness because His light illuminates everything. He makes me see that beautiful things are happening all around me.
I write often about my relationship with God for the same reason anyone writes about someone they love. Love changes your heart. And when someone else is responsible for making you more passionately engaged in life, you feel overwhelmed with gratitude. You want to take that love and turn it into a song or a poem or a blog post– something that might plant a seed of inspiration in someone else’s life someday. You want everyone to feel the elation you feel.
I don’t expect you, whoever you are reading this, to have the same thoughts, opinions, or religious views as me. We each walk our own paths and I think everyone’s story is uniquely beautiful. My hope for you is that sometime throughout your journey, you find a love that makes you see the beauty around you. A love that makes you drink in the colors of fall and the taste of sunshine. A love that inspires you to fill a canvas with every hidden hope in your heart. Whether you find it in your Creator, or a person, or a painting, or a book; don’t stop until you find that love. You deserve to find something that makes you look outside yourself and realize that hope fills every corner of your life.