HOW GOD BECAME REAL TO ME (561 words)
By Dalton Roberts
My Sunday Journal
People who knew me during my years of agnosticism sometimes ask what turned me in another direction. I will try to answer that.
One thing was experimenting with a statement by Ernest Holmes, a turn of the century mystic and author of the classic, “Science of Mind.”. He said, “There is a power for good in the Universe and we can use it.” I found when I was doing good and trusting in this power, it responded to me.
I might add that I have been working with it for many years now and it continues to respond to my faith in it.
Another thing that moved my life in a different direction was a prayer that God become as real to me as he was when I was a child. I have written about the time I spent in my “honeysuckle tabernacle” and how real God was to me there.
I know how mercurial human nature is. I also know how deceptive it can be.. I have thought back to those years to see how real God was to me. I have no physical miracles to report from that time of my life but I do remember clearly how real the presence of God was to me.
When my son enters my home, I feel his presence. It is unique and very special. When dear friends enter my home, I sense their presence in a special way. Why would it be any different with God? God’s presence is one of the most unique and special things we experience in this life.
I was 45 years old when I prayed that prayer that God become real to me and asked for doors to open for me. I was unemployed (had been for months) and living in a one-room apartment. A few months later I was elected county executive. The way doors opened for me and the way I became aware of the presence of God was the most incredible series of miracles in my life.
If you ran for office against a PH.D in political science, and again against a multi-millionaire and didn’t have enough money to get elected dogcatcher, what would you conclude? You might quickly decide, as I did, that God can become very active in human affairs. You might conclude that God had work for you to do.
People often ask me how I resisted the temptations of public life — the bribes and deals often offered to elected people. Yes, I had many of them. But when you have just made a deal with God that you will live for him and his people if he will help you, you are welded into a place where your only desire is to do God’s will and to help his people. It’s no problem to turn down temptation.
Just to feel the presence of God in your life keeps you from betraying the people and your God. “Your” God has become special to you. His presence is so real. You do not want to do anything to lose or dim your awareness of it.
I simply took Jesus word that if I opened the door He would come in and sup with me. That word “sup” means many things but it certainly means to fellowship and become real to us.
Jesus does not lie. Open the door.