Guest Writer: Danielle Lawson
It may have taken me a while, but I got here in the end.
Sometimes I think you need a truly life altering incident to start you off on the train to find Jesus. When you get to where I am now, it is the best feeling knowing that you can give all your worries and problems you might have over to Jesus. The biggest issue I thought I had in my life was the fact that I didn’t have a relationship, when in actual fact it was the wrong relationship I was focusing on. Looking back over the Footprints in the Sand prayer, this shows that the key relationship you should be looking for is one with the Lord; because He is the one you can rely on to carry you during the most troublesome and hardest times of your life. This is something that since finding Jesus has impacted my life a great deal – that during times of trouble it is comforting to know that I can give all of my worries over to Jesus. This has got to be one of the best things about finding faith, and something that is very comforting to know that even in the most stressful times of my life – that I will always have someone to turn to.
You can pray and the answer to your prayer in my head is not yes, no or wait, but yes or wait and see. On my journey to becoming a Catholic, this idea has become something I turn to on more and more occasions – starting with wanting to find a relationship. This is when I realised that I would be focusing on the wrong relationship and the wrong footprints accompanying me along my journey in life. Once I had established this fact it helped me to realise how empty my life was before I found Jesus. There is no relationship that is more important to have throughout your life than building up a good relationship with Jesus.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for you are with me Psalm 23:4
This reiterates the Footprints in the Sand prayer – emphasising the benefits of focusing on the right relationship and how Jesus will always be there for you if you open the door and let him into your life (this starts off as a bit of a mission, but it most certainly pays off!). It might be a bit of a struggle at first, but as you let Jesus into your life that little bit more each day, it starts to settle down – and they do say that the best things in life don’t come easy! I am so much happier as a person after I let Jesus into my life, it is the best decision I have made by far!