My father told me something the other day that I thought was very interesting. He said the closest people to God are children and those that are close to death. The people in between usually have a hard time finding God.
"Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” And He laid His hands on them and departed from there." [Matthew 19:13-15 KJV]
The reason is kind of simple when you think about it. Children are close to God because they have just come from God. They are full of innocence and are filled with the Spirit which makes it easy for them to accept Christ.
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me..." [Psalm 23:4 KJV]
Those that are close to death, such as older people who have lived their lives and are in a way satified with their lives. They usually have no problems accepting that there will be an after life that will be much more glorious than the life they have lived. Than there are people like myself, who are dealing with chronic pains and life threating diseases. It is easy for us to accept Christ and eternal life because they are dealing with a sense of hell everyday of our lives. There must be something better than this world!
That is why I am grateful for what has happened in my past. If it hadn't I may have never searched for the Lord like I have. If I was healthy my whole life, why would I have to submit to Christ Jesus? I may have felt like I don't need him, which is far from the truth! Even though those people in between are healthy and strong, this may actually be their weakness not strength. This could lead to a certain pride that makes them deaf and blind to the true word of God. They may never know what they are truely missing!
I am thankful for what I have been through because it really has given me Godly character, I wouldn't be the person I am today if I hadn't lived through what I did.
"But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold." [Job 23:10]
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