I think I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been diving into Beth Moore’s Believing God study for the past few weeks. I did it two years ago and it changed my faith. I had completely forgot about parts of this study, specifically the section I’m in right now—seeing that God has been there all along, even when I wasn’t walking with Him. And I know, well I knew before, but today it was confirmed again that the Lord really wanted me to be in this study at this present time.

While doing my quiet time this morning the Lord reminded me of something so profound in my life. Beth wrote, “God has been there all along—even before we acknowledged Him as Savior.” And it was when I read those words that I was reminded of the fact that before I truly recognized Jesus as my Savior, He moved me to Chicago. He put this unquenchable desire to move to the windy city in this heart, such an insane desire that I packed up my four door sedan at the time and drove across the country for a three month internship with no certainty what would happen after that. I had no idea He brought me to a city I barely knew to find Him.

Today I choose joy because even when I didn’t acknowledge Him, even when I chose things that grieved His heart for me, He still had His tender hand on my heart and brought me to Him. It was in Chicago I found my faith, my Savior, my Lord. It was in Chicago He showed me that church can be a fellowship of broken people that love on one another, support one another and desire the best for one another. It was in Chicago where He showed me that He is my Father, Husband, Provider, my all-in-all.

this is where i was blessed to meet with my God today.

Acts 17:26-27 – From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.