A few years ago, I had no belief or faith in God.
The doubting Thomas of a Church-going family, I’d heard about Taketime, but so far had done pretty well at avoiding it along with everything else associated with God. As a police officer, I couldn’t believe in something I’d not seen hard evidence for – and if God was real, he had a lot to answer for.
Things began to change though when I met a girl who I struggled to believe could exist without some kind of divine intervention. On our third date, I found myself suggesting we try a Taketime meditation together. The meditation painted this picture of Jesus walking along the shore of a big lake, inviting some fishermen to join Him. At the point in the meditation when Jesus sat down next to me, I was floored by this overwhelming sense of belonging. I was this tiny, insignificant person, and here was Jesus sat beside me, welcoming me.
Over the following weeks and months, I took a Christianity Explored course and read an amazing book called The Case for Christ, which blew away the big doubts I’d held before. I met the girl again and we prayed together, during which I asked God to come into my life.
I felt Him embrace me with the words “Welcome home”. When we’d finished praying, she said that she’d felt God ask her to tell me “Welcome home”. We got married about a year after that. As we moved into our first home together, we noticed a huge banner hanging all the way across the front of the Church opposite. It simply said, “Welcome home”. I like God’s style.
Since then, Taketime has continued to create space in both our lives for meeting with Jesus. Especially through tougher times, it’s an amazing blessing to be able to sit with Him in the midst of it all.
We’ve even shared Taketime with our home group. If you haven’t yet tried Taketime, I’d encourage you to try it now. There’s no telling where God will take you.
From a young man who grew up in a Christian family but could not find faith