“I found you didn’t I, and you found me.” (Albert Narracot, War Horse)
Throughout the movie “War Horse,” the main character Albert’s goal in life was to be reunited with his beloved horse Joey. Even through the perils of war, he still maintained faith that one day he would be back with his best friend. The thought of reconnecting with Joey was what he desired, but the faith that it would happen was what kept him going.
Albert’s relationship with his horse was something no one else quite understood. His parents didn’t get it, his friends were skeptical, and even the soldier who bought him from Albert’s dad was only partially convinced there was something special between them. I’ve discovered that close relationships are like that. Each is unique to the people who are in it, and each one represents something personal that can’t be duplicated or explained to anyone else.
When I first became a Christian, the concept of having this kind of relationship with Christ was hard for me to grasp. I really didn’t understand what it was, let alone that it was a vital aspect. I went through the motions of what a “good Christian” was supposed to do: attend church, read my Bible, and pray, but my one-on-one relationship with Christ wasn’t what it was should have been.
As I continue to read Brennan Manning’s book “The Signature of Jesus” I’m learning that “each of us bears the responsibility of responding to the call of Christ individually and committing ourselves to him personally.” pg 22
When it comes to knowing Jesus, it becomes an individual choice. We are the ones ultimately responsible for our salvation. Believing there is a God doesn’t automatically make us a Christian, going (or not going) to church makes no difference one way or the other, even being an expert Bible scholar means nothing if we haven’t fully committed our hearts and souls Jesus.
“No one – neither parents, family, friends, or church can absolve us of this ultimate personal decision regarding the nature and identity of the son of Mary and Joseph. His question to Peter: Who do you say that I am? is addressed to every would-be disciple.” pg 22
Now that I truly know what it means to carry the love of my Savior in my heart, and to know what it feels like to have a relationship with the Him, I finally understand what it means to be a Christian.
If asked who I believe He is, I would answer friend, confidant, healer, lover of my soul, and the One who understands me best.
As we move into 2014, I can’t help but think about this year in wonder. If I had to choose one word to describe it, it would be growth. Although I’m taking baby steps, I look back and see that each step is still a move forward, a growth in my Christian life. I’ve learned that I don’t have to reach the finish line right now. I just take life one day at a time, confident that the One who made the moon and the stars is holding tightly to my hand. And when the day comes for me to take my final breath, and I stand face to face with my Savior, I look forward to saying “I found You didn’t I, and You found me.”
Salina© Photos at Salina T Gibson
Manning, Brennan, The Signature of Jesus, Multnomah Publishers, Sisters Oregon, 1996
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