Redemption is sought after by many, but most would not recognize it if it looked us in the face. We can agree that the desire to be restored or saved comes after a significant loss; something was taken, lost or had enslaved us. But where can we satisfy this desire?
Abused or neglected in our developmental years leaves us confused. We may believe everyone lives as we have and that this is as good as it gets. Or perhaps we deserve the way we have been treated because we are somehow defective. Under the heavy hand of an abuser, we have spent more time watching them diligently; their moods, needs and wants and little time or regard for our own internal needs. Many of us became an empty shell of our original selves with out knowing it.
As I began to search and a person or a reading at church told me I needed to be saved or redeemed, I became angry and indignant. ‘Sure I had faults and misdeeds, but surely it was the perpetrator who left their sin on me.’ I felt misunderstood. I felt I needed to be rescued. That someone outside of myself should come along and fix what was broken. Being a young woman, I wanted prince charming to find me, restore me, love me and give me a sense of worth.
Our worth and ultimate redemption begins when we find something intolerable and begin to break away. We turn from the well known harmful path and end up in a large field of the unknown. We do not know that there is road map and will feel uneasy for quite sometime. But it is worth it!
Follow along in this short series as we explore redemption, who needs it and where to find it. I will share some of the things that led me to desire redemption, reckon with my past beliefs, to find a big awesome God and my true identity!
2 Lost but now I am found
3 Returning back to me
4 Finding guidance
5 Finding evidence of Gods intent
6 Finding a higher power a God of all creation who knows the original blueprint.
7 Recognizing the lies that have infected our mind, spirit and body.
8 What is required in our turning toward redemption.