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I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve it, but it just seems like lately, God is having a field day, plopping me down into really fascinating situations.
Maybe it’s because I’m getting more bold in “stepping out” for Him, but for whatever reason, it’s like every day presents a new and interesting opportunity that could have only been orchestrated by God.
Like, for example, the 40-minute conversation I had with an atheist over the weekend.
Allow me to set the stage: I was – surprise surprise – praying outside of Planned Parenthood. And let’s just say, I don’t really blend in. Namely because, I’m wearing my signature sun hat. Because…I’m anal about my skin. Doesn’t matter – rain or shine, I’m wearing this UPF 50+ sunhat. Haha — it’s not as hideous as it sounds. It’s actually *the most* chic — Audrey Hepburn esq, if you will.
But suffice it to say — it prohibits me from simply, “blending in.”
But anyway — this young guy…around my age…he approaches me and says, “Hey, I’ve seen you here before. I live on this street. What are you doing here?”
And, frankly – I was impressed at the gonads this guy must have had to try and “pick up” a girl when she is literally holding a rosary and praying outside an abortion clinic in the rain. So I put on a pleasant smile, and engaged in conversation, all the while thinking — Alright, batter up. What in the world am I going to say. Sink or swim, it’s go time.
So, I explained to him that I was there praying for the end of abortion.
And with that, began one of the most profound conversations I’ve ever had in my life.
I was able to share with him about how the anorexia in my past taught me that value and worth of a human life, which he found particularly intriguing. He wanted to know what I was hoping my presence there on the sidewalk would accomplish. And then we talked about faith.
And this is where the conversation really got interesting.
He mentioned to me how he was an atheist, and that he’s really been searching for truth. He’s been going through all these different spiritualities and religions, looking for purpose.
Then he looked me dead in the eyes and asked, “Do you ever feel like you’re made for more?”
And, taken aback by the beauty of his spirit shining through, I just smiled and said, “Absolutely.”
And pressing, he followed up, “I mean, really, what is the meaning of life? Why are we here?”
Now, let’s pause for a moment. I have never had an interaction like this before, nor was I prepared to have an existential conversation of this magnitude on the corner of a busy New York street, in the rain, in front of a Planned Parenthood.
So, I did the best I could…but I’m afraid I wasn’t as bold or as eloquent as I would have liked.
But I said, “Well, I think the meaning of life is to love. To love people where they’re at…not to judge, or condemn…but just to love. Like Jesus did. And be a light to the world.”
We continued to talk for another twenty minutes or so, and I don’t know – I just really felt like this guy was surprised to hear what I was saying, given the situation, and what I assume were his preconceived notions coming into the conversation.
I think he was expecting me to say how I was critical and judgmental of the women who walked in or out of that door. So when he heard me say that I just wanted to love and support them, I could practically see his opinion of “prolifers” change.
But coming home that night, his question haunted me: “What is the meaning of life?” I kept kicking myself, feeling that I really struck out when this big, beautiful “home run” opportunity was literally tee’d up right in front of me.
That night, falling asleep, I was listening to a Christian podcast. Being that we’re embarking on Holy Week, I was wanting to prepare my heart with some extra reflections on God.
I thirst – one of the last things Jesus says on the Cross. Yes – it was a fulfillment of Scripture in Psalm 69. But it also calls to mind another time that Jesus was thirsty…John 4:7 — When He asks the Samaritan woman at the well for a drink – “Will you give me a drink?“
Jesus thirsts for us.
For me. For you. For our hearts.
Jesus, on the Cross – literally pouring himself out in love for us, is thirsting for our response to Him and for our love for Him in return.
And that’s when it hit me…
That is the meaning of life: our response to His thirst.
Our Savior, thirsts for our love. So how then, are we going to respond.
How can I live my life in response to His thirst for my heart.
There it is.
I closed my eyes, and imagined the beautiful and blood stained face of our Lord, on Calgary, looking into my eyes saying, “Caralyn, I thirst for you.“
And that, friends, broke me.
How can I live my life in response to that? That is my purpose. That is the “more” that we all feel we have been made for. Our meaning on this earth.
I hope I run into that guy again, so I can talk to him more about this. And you know what? Something tells me I will…
“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5
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279 responses to “My Conversation with an Atheist”
I’m glad that you’re getting bolder for God and growing with every experience. Thanks for sharing! God bless.
Thank you so much Diana. Yes! God is teaching me! Hugs and love xox
You’re utmost welcome!
Yet another example that we never know when the opportunity will be placed in front of us to make a difference in the lives of others. Mindful of the Scott Hahn book on the New Evangelization: the more we love as He loves us, the deeper and closer we are drawn in a relationship of love with Christ. And the more this happens, the more fervently we desire to share what we have with others. Hugs and love– Mike
Thanks Mike. You’re so right about that. I love Scott Hahn!! Will def check it out! Hugs and love xox
I think you were the right person at the right time for this conversation. -Jeff
Oh gosh thank you for saying that Jeff. Hugs and love XOXO
Wouldn’t it be hilarious if God brought you a man while you were praying at PP? Was he cute?
Ha ha what a fun thought! I actually thought about that too… This guy… Not really my type. But I am on the lookout! Thanks for stopping by! hugs and love XOXO
I hope you do find this guy again too Caralyn! Such a powerful story. Be well. ☺️
Thanks John! I hope so too! Hugs and love XOXO
Love this! I grew up in the Catholic Church and was turned off by the legalism of many of those around me and went the nondenominational route. You’re one of the few examples (in addition to my sweet grandma) of a catholic who lives out their faith. So inspiring!
Hey friend, thank you so much for saying that! I am very touched! Hugs and love XO
Perhaps these encounters (even the crazy pigeon) are not only to embolden but also to remind that they are all God’s creation- as are you! With that comes a responsibility to care for them (and you) with compassion and mercy, the way Jesus showed us through his life and death.
That’s a great thought! Thank you so much for this beautiful perspective! Hugs and love XOXO
Great job. Each encounter, each experience is cumulative. Don’t ever fret over not having the answers. As you seek answers, you’ll gain wisdom and will be able to accomplish more next time. One day, you’ll be my age and not much will scare you. Haha.
Thank you so much TS. you’re so right about that – God will reveal it! Hugs and love xox
That is awesome! The Lord used you in a big way and He spoke through you! I pray he comes to the Lord! God bless!
thanks so much Ryan – I will join you in that prayer! I recommended that he see Unplanned, so fingers crossed! hugs xo
Cool, I hope he sees it! P.S. I got an email today that my “Come to life” hoodie just shipped! Once I get it, I will post a photo of me wearing it and let everyone know where they can get one. 🙂 God bless!
oooh!!! exciting!!!! THank you again, Ryan!! 🙂 haha – that would be the epitome of awesome! 🙂 you da best! 🙂 oxoxoxo
I was not expecting that ending! It caught both my mind and my heart by surprise. Thank you for an amazing Holy Week boost.
Aw, thank you so much Beverly! I’m so glad it resonated with you! same to you – have a blessed Holy Week. hugs xo
He does thirst, still Jesus thirsts. Bless you and may you have a Holy, Blessed Easter..
amen to that – thank you friend. may you have a blessed HOly Week as well. hugs xox
I’ve had moments like this! The cool thing about Atheists (the ones I’ve met anyway) is that they’re fascinated by metaphysics and Christianity offers answers to the big metaphysical questions of Who am I? Why am I here? And Where am I going? In ways no other faith or religion can. I am God’s image bearers, made for His glory and good pleasure, and I will one day stand before Him, either in judgment, or because of faith in Christ, in victorious salvation from sin. Sometimes those pat answers turn people off, but I’ve found they open up broader discussions as they want to know WHY we believe what we believe. I’m so thankful to God that He’s using you in this way!
Isn’t it just incredible. We had a long talk about science too, and i was able to share that in fact, science and faith do not oppose each other but compliment each other. Amen to that. thank you for this beautiful note of encouragement! big hugs xox
Gracious! You are doing the Work. It’s amazing what can happen when we show up and pray. God is working in the lives of people around us. And he lets us in on that. How beautiful.
oh gosh, thank you so much – I agree – God is always looking for a way to interact with His children! amen! big hugs to you xox
This is so beautiful and completely AMAZING!!!! I love how your faith is leading you to do bigger things!
Hi Aubrey! Oh my gosh, thank you so much for this beautiful encouragement! God is good!!! 🙂 big hugs to you xox
This brought me to tears. Beautiful!
Aw, thank you Michelle! I’m so glad this resonated with you! big hugs to you xox
Thank you so much for sharing! I think many of us have those same moments after replaying conversations in our minds wishing we would have thought to say this or that; for a long time the fear of not having the right words to say kept me from speaking at all for Him. The Holy Spirit has really used Romans 8:28 to encourage me, it’s not my words, power or ability that draw people to Jesus…that is the Spirit’s job; I just need to be obedient and share what is in my heart and He will work all things for good and according to His divine purpose! Continue in your obedience my sister, you are an encouragement to many!
Hi Wallace! Thank you so much for your kind words. amen to that – The Holy Spirit is such an encourager 🙂 big hugs xo
I’m listening to this really great Orthodox series. So powerful. The Orthodox believe we are here to learn how to be Christians and to prepare ourselves to spend eternity in the presence of God. Children? You have them to teach them how to be Christians. All aspects of a Christian’s life is to be about God. There is no separate life over here and then go to chruch and be different. Coming from a protestant background it’s quite eye opening. You’re doing great. What an incredible conversation to have and especially at THAT place. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFdEROcGVjc&t=2028s
The link is to the talk. He covers a lot of ground!
Awesome! can’t wait to watch! 🙂 hugs xo
Sounds like a really interesting series! Yes! It brings to mind “Go and make deciples of all nations! ” thanks for the link! big hgs xo
Wow, you’re not kidding–He’s moved you up to the big leagues!! I think it was great that you had an awesome down to earth conversation with that guy; guaranteed the Lord had him thinking about it since that day, and will use it to hopefully bring him closer to God! Keep it up! “Talk” to you tomorrow! Hugs!!
Hey Nett! oh thank you! I sure hope he does! Who knows — maybe I’ll bump into him this week when I go to pray and we can continue our conversation! thanks for the encouraging words! big hugs xo
You are a very gracious woman. 🙂
Thnak you friend, what a kind thing to say 🙂 big hugs to you xo
I love the stories. About the mysterious ways God leads us and how when it happens we analyze every syllable that came out of our mouth. You were where you were supposed to be and God was present.
Thank you Billy, I really appreciate that reassurance. Yeah – I think God will give us the tools at the time we need them for sure! Who knows – maybe something I said resonated particularly with what spoke to him. I hope so! thanks so much for stopping by! big hugs to you xox
I so dearly love your love for Jesus. It thrills my heart to see you do what you know to be right. How much happier is Jesus when you do! Beautiful soul, love you as always!hugsXO😄❤
Hi Tonya! oh my gosh, what a beautiful note of encouragement. THank you my dear friend 🙂 I just hope to share His love with even just one person 🙂 Grateful for you 🙂 big hugs xo
Never forget how deeply and passionately He loves you. You are so very loved as you are. The things you do for Him prove your love for Him but His love for you is never dependent on those things. It is you showing love back, He loves you unconditionally just as you are. So cool!😄❤
Thank you again, Tonya 🙂 amen to that! God is good! and He is a good Father that loves all His children!! 🙂 hugs xox
Heavenly Parent worksh through willing people who feels themselves worthy to be humble enough let the ego away – and be reborn in a higher level, on a daily basis.
You’ve just found out several heavenly birthday of yours … 😉
Thank you so much friend 🙂 isn’t that the truth! God will use us! thanks for the encouragement. big hugs xo
What a beautiful spirit you have. Don’t beat yourself up. God gives us words to say as we need them. Maybe what you said was what he needed to hear. And maybe his question was meant for you to dive deeper into what God wants from you. I love the visual of Jesus thirsting for us!! Many blessings to you, dear
Hi Wanda! Oh my gosh, this is so beautiful, thank you friend. I think you’re right – just look at Moses! He was a stutterer and God used him! He will give us what we need, when we need it 🙂 So glad you stopped by. big big hugs xox
Yes, isn’t that amazing?! A stutterer used as God’s voice to set His people free!! Big hugs to you!!
Wow! Completely awesome! Thanks for sharing this.
Hey friend! oh my gosh, thank you so much for your encouraging words! big hugs to you xox
First thing first; reading your posts over time is like watching an individual flower “bloom” into a field of flowers. Kudos to your courage and spunk.
Second, specific to your (our) purpose in (this) life: as much as I agree we are all here to Serve God, we were created in His likeness, yet each of our Spirits are unique as our fingerprints. I believe each if us serves a likewise unique “role” and to that point, we are all unique threads in the mosaic of humanity on this planet.
Further, it would be an insult to our Creator to think we are limited to a single purpose in life, but rather, we play multiple roles throughout our life, i.e., friend, neighbor, daughter, son, spouse, father, mother, teacher, student, etc.
Each of our lives is in and of itself, a mosaic, and a dynamic maze of experiences and opportunities to help others… And allow ourselves to be helped by others.
I have become a “God Friended Me” Groupee, as the essence of the TV show perfectly reflects my mantra of helping others, in different ways.
Our challenge, as I see it, is to be aware and seek to recognize the opportunities that God presents to each of us throughout our lives.
When we recognize and act on these opportunities, we are actively participating in the Web of Humanity, life on this planet as an Interdependent system of Love & Caring… The same Love & Caring that feeds the Greater Good of God’s Plan for our lives…
I love these types of conversations, because they are creative discovery and positive energy laden.
When we self-actualize, we are fulfilling God’s Plan, so it goes without saying that self-awareness is key.
To know yourself is to know God.
Hi Michael! Oh my goodness, thank you so much for this heartfelt response! The mosaic of humanity — wow that’s so beautiful. You’re right – He’s always putting opportunities to share His love in front of us – it’s our job to recognize and respond with a generous Yes! 🙂 big hugs xo
Indeed, I had begun writing a book, but have shelved it the past few years as I had a builder build my retirement home (and am finishing) it myself. The book is entitled, “My Amazing Life… Is Not in Vein”. Would like to pick it up again, but it requires a lot of energy and the proper mindset. It is deeply refreshing and validating to witness others with a similar view of and love for God. Be well. Look for those opportunities!
Oh wow, what a title! I hope you do pick it up! I for one would love to read it! 🙂 xo
Enjoyable read In thy faith there is hope, it springs forth a better life as we cope.
Thank you so much! Amen to that – there is always hope! big hugs xo
P.S. Have you ever considered becoming a Life Coach? Food for thought….
Interesting – I never have! hmm — honestly, I think I am wayyyyy not qualified! hahah *I* need a life coach!! hahah hugs xo
Never underestimate yourself or the impact you can & so have on others… Deep Faith is laced in tremendous Power .. to do Good.
thanks again 🙂 i will definitely pray about it!
I think it is wonderful that you shared with an atheist your faith in Jesus and His love for us. May the Lord use your words to direct this man’s hear toward Him. I think more of us should join you in prayer.
Amen to that 🙂 Thank you so much Marcelo! Honestly, I want to do it again! It was thrilling and scary, and exciting and nerve wracking, but I really felt like I was supposed to have that conversation! thanks so much for stopping by 🙂 big hugs xo
this man’s heart
Cool pick-up line, Beauty. And it’s working. See if he comes back next week and has seen the light.
Sorry. I’m very suspicious of atheists. Hm. Bad choice of wording. Let’s say that he has fallen for the main stream media’s version of life, the Hollywood version, the consumer version, etc. It’s very confusing not to have a few moments alone with just your own thoughts and decide what life is really trying to say. It’s the question he must ask himself, not a stranger on the sidewalk, albeit a fetching one with an Audrey hat. The word some Catholics like to say is that life is about redemption. And with that, I will wish you a Happy Holy Easter.
Thank you so much Dennis. I encouraged him to go see Unplanned. His ears perked up when he heard that it was from the first hand account of the former Clinical Director of Planned Parenthood. So I pray he sees that and his heart is changed. Yeah – we talked about that — because when we confront what the meaning and purpose of life is, we have to confront death, and think about things that are uncomfortable. It was a fascinating conversation. I was so grateful to have had the opportunity to speak with him. Same to you, have a blessed Holy Week! hugs ox
the first pic of Jesus (on the Cross) spoke to my heart about what can and will happen to us if we truly follow Jesus. it is happening in other countries and I felt the Lord say not to be surprised if and when it happens here in America. BUT it was the second that brought me to a startling A-HA moment. The pic of Jesus with a black, swollen shut eye. That was my eye a couple years ago. That is exactly what my face looked like after my ex took his fist to my face.
We have all heard that Jesus was tempted in every way and understands everything we go through. But it was looking at that picture that I finally felt that Jesus actually did go through what I did and understood. Its not that ever down played the excruciating things he went through. I just felt they were different and more extreme. I didn’t personalize the until I saw my face in His.
Thank you for this post and for using the pictures– they had a radical effect o me tonight.
…. and thank you for being the kind of follow that cold portray a Christ like attitude and belief to an Atheist.
Hi Kate, my dear sister in Christ. I am sending you all my love right now. Oh my gosh, my heart breaks to hear that you endured that abuse. I am just so sorry, Kate. You did not deserve that horrific treatment, and I’m sorry that you were not treated as the precious, beautiful daughter of the King that you are. You deserve to be cherished. Respected. Loved and protected. And I pray that you know that, deep down, despite the ugly, ugly demonstration of evil taken out on you. There really is power in those images of Jesus, aren’t there? To think that He went through that for you and me? It is nearly unfathomable. That is how much we are loved. I am so moved by your story, Kate, thank you for sharing it with me. Sending you the biggest hugs. love you, friend. xox – Caralyn
Maybe your conversation with this man may have opened his mind a bit. He says that there is no God, but then he wonders how everything happens. “Do you feel you were made for something more?” He has to feel like he was ‘made’ as opposed to evolve or ‘ding’ here I am. Maybe he will see the God who does not exist and realize that He is real.
I really hope it did! THanks so much JB, Let’s pray that’s the case! big hugs xo
You are welcome very much, and I pray that is the case.
Sometimes we meet people because they make us think about questions they ask, it is not for them but for us to answer it to ourselves. They make us think and help us actually
Hi friend! that is such a powerful point – you’re right, maybe the interaction was for my benefit! thanks so much for that awesome perspective! big hugs xox
What do you typically expect going into these? Does this happen often? I’m just curious as I typically find people expect me to be militant and aggressive, but also kinda get that way themselves when they fail to convert me in five minutes.
Hi friend, I honestly don’t expect anything because this has never happened before! hugs xox
Beautiful, Caralyn! Thanks so much for sharing this! <3
Thank you so much Heather! I felt really grateful to have the opportunity to speak with him. hugs xo
I go to a Christian University so all of the classes I am taking are based in biblical truth. We have been discussing the topic of abortion, specifically in response to prenatal screening and birth defects in my ethics class. At the end of the day it comes down to a lack of true love. To say “I love you” to someone is to say “it is good that you exist — no matter what physical or mental state you may be in.” I think that idea is so beautiful and profound and can relate to so many other situations. So I hope that if you ever meet that guy again (or anyone else in a similar situation) you will be able to show him love by telling him that it is good that he exists.
Thanks for sharing tonight!
Hi Sami! Thank you so much for sharing this powerful perspective. You’re right – love is such a beautiful thing, because God *is* love. I love that thought so much! big hugs to you xo
“Rabbi,”: meaning teacher, and I know you are Catholic….You have it. Remember, as I was taught, there are two pieces to the cross: The vertical: God to man and the horizontal: man to man. Go fourth in God’s care….Sandman. This is the answer to fulfillment. The cross. We have forgotten the horizontal and we are in danger of forgetting the vertical. As Billy Graham said, and I paraphrase: “It is the cross.”
You are so right about that. Growing up, I went to a christian summer camp, and that was always taught: vertical to God, horizontal – to others, and then we draped a pair of sneakers on the cross, symbolizing our walk with Christ. Yes! It is the cross. Thanks so much. hugs xo
Caralyn, it is amazing what happens when we do what God tells us to do and are open to the moving of Holy Spirit. This was a divine encounter. God is calling that man’s name. Your life is not the same since you watched, Unplanned. Hugs oxox
Hi friend! I think you’re so right about that! God is looking for people who want to be used! I think you’re right about that — Unplanned seriously changed my heart. I have always been prolife, but that movie made me want to DO SOMETHING about it!! 🙂 big big hugs to you xox
That sunhat is dynamic. It’s stirring to read the observation that it sets you apart from the crowd. Also happy to understand the significance to you and your readers of Ezekiel 37:5.
thank you so much Odell 🙂 Yes! Ez 37:5 was really moving to me, because it reflected how God rescued me from my anorexia and breathed new life into my lifeless body. God is good. Thanks so much for stopping by. big hugs xx
Absolutely beautiful. Well done. Maybe not your words as much as your spirit and your willingness to respond to what God put in your heart no doubt came through in your encounter. The Living Word expressed through you.
Hi friend! thank you so much 🙂 Yes! That is my goal in life: to be available for Him to use me! Thanks for this beautiful encouragement. really means a lot. big hugs xox
Thanks for sharing this conversation. I think one thing I notice about your blog is that you are really kind in your responses, even with people who do not agree with you, and that is pretty rare on the internet. People do notice that. I have really struggled with my own faith over the last few years, and one big reason is the gap I see between the behavior of Christians and the principles in the Bible (even though I realize this is an unfair standard for me to put on people when I see so little of their lives) but it creeps in all the same.
Anyway, when I see Christians behaving with kindness or altruism without expecting anything in return, especially when it is not in the spotlight, it gives me hope that there is something worthwhile still in faith after all.
Hi Liz! thank you so much 🙂 and gosh, that really means a lot. I do try to foster positive interactions on here. And I am very blessed to have such wonderful, positive readers! Thank you for sharing your walk. Struggle is definitely a part of growing, and I definitely hear you that it is discouraging to say the least when “Christians” walk and talk don’t match up. But hang in there – God sees your heart and wants to strengthen it! 🙂 thanks again for saying that and for such a generous comment. really means a lot. big big hugs to you xo
I can’t remember how you found a post I wrote several years ago. But it led me here, I haven’t been around for a while. But you’ve always impressed me, and you carry with you everywhere you go what remains of my love, respect and and awe. I knew you were extraordinary. You’ve never done anything since but reinforce that knowledge. To sit and pray for women who choose things you find hurtful and wrong, well. You’re an inspiration. I’m afraid, and my faith is weak. I’ve lost my children. I feel dead inside most of the time. I hope they’re in Heaven, but I don’t honestly know. I’ve begun a new blog on my site in which I will attempt to recount my life, my many, many failures and regrets. I hope to make people think, to pass on what I know. I invite you back, with the warning that the material will be disturbing. It’s okay; it’s all I have left. This is a horrible world, more evil and dangerous with each passing day, and the Bible warned us…Jesus warned us…that we would have troubles and tribulation.But he said to be of good cheer because he has overcome the world. I’m glad that when I’m gone, you and people like you will still be here. God bless you, young lady.
Hi Michael, wow – I am humbled by your generous and incredibly kind words. And gosh, I am so sorry for your loss, and to hear that you’re going through such a difficult season. Gosh, my heart just goes out to you. God’s mercy is vast like the ocean, and I pray that His love cover you tonight. He *has* overcome the world, and we can cling to that hope, even when the world seems the most bleak. Hang in there, friend. The world needs to hear your story. Keep writing. hugs xox
My humble thanks. Perhaps a prayer from such a person will make a difference. I very much appreciate it.
I read Fr. Richard Rohr ‘s daily meditations well dail! Here is one I thought fit your pos.
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No matter who you are, what religion you claim (if you claim one at all), no matter who your ancestors were, or the work you do—if you look at people and creation with respect, you are living in Christ. In today’s meditation, Richard Rohr writes, “The Christ Mystery anoints all physical matter with eternal purpose from the very beginning. We should not be surprised that the word translated from the Greek as ‘Christ’ comes from the Hebrew word mesach, meaning ‘the anointed’ one or Messiah. Christ reveals that all is anointed, not just him.” How can we practice seeing, as Thomas Merton says, “the gate of heaven everywhere?” http://ow.ly/wAfp30olrQb
I love this reflection so much! Thank you for sharing this with me. Amen – looking at people and creation with respect. I love that. Hugs and love xox
I found this article enlightening…
Thanks so much for sharing this article, Megan. I look forward to checking it out! Hugs and love xox
So, thank you for this. This is amazing. It’s something I was thinking of myself, you may have seen in passing my recent musings on meaning.
You’ve stirred up some incredible things so I’m going to try and make these connections one at a time. I apologize if this becomes a lengthy comment.
1- Regarding “Thirst”
I literally just got back from my local Theology on Tap wherein a local priest gave an excellent talk. He touched on the word Devotion. God is my King, the Sovereign of my Soul, the Liege-lord of my Life. I pledge myself to Him and to Him alone. No other can gain my allegiance. This is the first kind of devotion, related to Loyalty. I cannot be in the presence of God all the time (like the Eucharist, or in a Church, tho God made all things and is all around us, lets make no mistake). So I own a crucifix, and it hangs on my wall at home. I pray devotions to him, through the symbol of the crucifix. This is the second kind of devotion, an action. Devotion is both the state of loyalty and how you demonstrate it. But Fr. at the talk tonight shared that the word Devotion is derived from a Latin word, Devocio, which means (according to Aquinas, as paraphrased by Fr.) the Human hearts disposition to give God what belongs to God. You could say, we thirst for God; or rather, we ache to quench God’s thirst for us. I believe firmly that it is innate. The man you encountered (May God’s grace bring him closer to the everlasting light of Truth) was unusual only in that he was being honest. He correctly identified a sensation, a restlessness, that comes from living a life in ignorance of God. Ignorance shares a root with “Ignore”, both mean, at root, to be unaware. He is unaware of God’s presence, and God’s thirst, but knows that he has something that is a gift, and that it should be directed to some end, but he does not know what that end is.
2- Regarding Evangelism
I admire your confidence in approaching a vocation such as Evangelism. God meets us where we are, and prods us to go further. To quote the Ignatian principles, when we are in sin, God pricks our consciences to remind us of our duties; when we are consoled, he gives us Joy. The evil one works in reverse: When we are in sin, the evil one tempts us with fleeting earthly pleasures; when we are consoled, he pricks our conscience to try and pull us away from God. This man’s conscience was pricked, and you met his questions with the casual confidence of someone who is in Consolation; who is strong and learned in affairs of Faith; who has not just an intellectual commitment but a commitment of the will. Evangelism begins with a relationship with God. Do not feel like you dropped the ball at all. If you can leave a conversation like that with your counterpart feeling like any of his questions were answered, and with still more questions which remain, you’ve succeeded. He knows there is satisfaction, and you’ve pointed him to a source. I hope you go back. I hope you see him again. I hope he comes with more questions.
3 – Regarding Meaning
That really is the big question, isn’t it? What are we here for? As I linked previously, I offered some questions to close friends and my blog circle, and received some insightful answers. All of my answers were nullified by a homily I heard last night in which Fr. outlined that it is no coincidence that the pulse of the world quickens around our Paschal celebration. Regardless of how Lent has gone; Regardless of what you did or didn’t do; Holy week is The Week where we are called to follow Christ. This feeling you have, this feeling your counterpart has, my own line of questioning, it is all related. We are being pulled closer to God, he is Whispering to make us lean in so we can hear him better.
Is it a coincidence that this happens on the Monday of Holy Week?
God bless you for your continued service to the Lord. God’s grace shines through you. Thank you.
Thank you so much AMDG for sharing your heart on this. I am so touched by the care you took in responding. Amen – we are being pulled closer to God and you’re right – that’s the best start to Holy Week for sure! Thanks for this powerful food for thought! Hugs and love xox
A significant encounter with a random guy that started you searching for answers. Truth is always on the move, and we keep searching. Truth is never at the finished line, it’s lies in your passion in the process of searching. It doesn’t mean we look literally everywhere for the truth. Truth is not tangible. If it is, it’s destructible. Truth cradles in arms of passion in our hearts, not the mind. And so, we search for the truth in our hearts. Knock, and the door shall open. So, enjoy the journey of life. It may not be THE purpose, but I believe it’s A purpose, and that is good enough for me.
Thanks so much David – I really appreciate this heartfelt response. Yes! Let’s journey to the truth! Hugs and love xox
I’ve been reading your blog for a few years now. You, were one of the first to “Like” my blog and it drew me to yours. I feel as though I have been sitting in a theater, with popcorn of course, watching your life. Your blog used to be more about you, but over the years it has transformed into more about God. This only comes by your mind transforming. Also by you focusing on the love of your Heavenly Father and loving Him back. I love what God has done, is doing, and will continue to do in your life until Jesus comes back.for us. Continue to use the platform you have been blessed with to reach others with the Truth! Oh, and April 15th’s blog was great! One last thing; I know you read my blog and you are aware that I recently got remarried after 23 years of being divorced. I didn’t go looking for my wife really, but was led to her by God when the time was right. I know you are trusting God for a man, and now that your heart is moving closer to God’s heart, I have a feeling He will give you the desire of yours.
Oh my gosh you’re too kind! Seriously, Mark, I am so touched by this response. Thank you. And praise God – He is transforming all of us! 🙂 and congrats on your marriage! Many blessings to you and your love! Hugs and love xox
Thank you so much Kara!! Hugs and love xox
I thirst indeed. This is one of the day’s reflections in the 33 Days to Morning Glory Marian COnsecration by Michael Gaitley 🙂
Oh wow that’s awesome. I am personally unfamiliar with that book but I definitely have heard wonderful things about it! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox
Thank you for taking us with you on this amazing journey in conversation with the atheist. What a terrific job you did describing the situation and sharing the experience! I can hardly wait to hear about the next time you meet. I’m sure it will happen. God has a purpose here!
Thank you so much Jan 🙂 I really appreciate that – I wish I could have said something more – but you’re right – I’m sure it will happen too! Thanks for the encouragement. Hugs and love xox
This came right on time for me. I was having a bit of a crappy day and knew it was spiritual attack but it was still getting me. This has reminded me to keep the main thing the main thing. Your revelation on God thirsting for us stirred something deep inside me. You didn’t fail. God uses everything we do. Our mustard seed faith is enough to move mountains, be encouraged! Thank you so much! 😊💛
Hi Yvonne! Thank you so much for sharing your heart. I’m so glad this hit home with you. Amen – God uses everything we do! Praise God! Big hugs to you xox
Hmm wow! :'( That was a very deep conversation. To see that so many are thirsting for the truth. We have the TRUTH living in us and it’s even more heart-wretching when we don’t tell others about Him as we all should so much more. We all should thirst after him and for him more & more each day as he thirsts for our hearts! What a deep & convicting message. Blessings & God’s strength be with you! You will meet him again and he will be saved in Jesus name! <3
Thank you so much Tammy 🙂 amen to that! Jesus is the way, the TRUTH and the life! Amen amen amen. Thanks so much for your kind words! God is good! Hugs and love xox
You’re welcome dear! 🙂
Amen! Yes He is!!!
Bless God always! All glory to Him. Same to you. 🙂
Definitely a divine appointment! 👍
I think you’re right about that! A divine appointment indeed! Hugs and love xox
My dear friend,
My love started in a Christian family, so as a child I was praying every night before falling asleep. Then when I got older (still in my youth) I got very much interested in philosophy and read many books – I was searching for the truth. During this time I felt uncomfortable with my faith as I did not like that blackmailing: if you do this or that you go to hell… I could also not agree to violence done by Christians – so I became an atheist and philosopher. However, this was not the right salt in the soup, it could not satisfy me on my way and searching for the truth – slowly, slowly I reentered the path of a God-believer, but this time not just for one religion, not just for certain people or nations – this time for all people, for the whole mankind as I found that we are all children of God. The problem is that we make differences in love, but when we really love, how can we exclude people from our love? The inside light from which our Holy Bible speaks can be really experienced as the competent Masters, sent as messengers by God in different times and religions, have given us in writing this inner experience in their Holy Scriptures, to get in touch with this Light and inner Sound. Then it is necessary to get to know ourselves – well, most of us think that we already know ourselves, but unfortunately, that is not the case, to know ourselves means also to beware of our own thoughts, words, and deeds and its reactions and consequences – this is a process of becoming more and more conscious, but often blindly we do things and allow thoughts, even to be negative without knowing, when a stone was thrown into the water, how many ripples it will have as an effect. Our holy wise men tell: “Man know thyself…” and this is exactly the meaning of spirituality: where do we come from, what is our purpose of life, where we have to go – when we really surrender to God unconditionally, without any ifs and buts, with no secret backdoor open, then we develop also more devotion and receptivity to God, more love for God. In the Bible we have: become as innocent as children to enter the kingdom of God… When we follow the commandments of all competent Masters, including Jesus Christ, Kabir, Maulana Rumi, Shamez e Tabriz, Baba Jaimal Singh, Baba Sawan Singh, Guru Nanak, Sant Kirpal Singh and many more really Holy Men, we will have the same experiences as them. Matthew 6:22: “If thine eye be single, thy body will be full of light?” – Christ means to see the inner light and therefore we have to become very pure in our mind and this presupposes that we have to know the functioning of our mind, to know ourselves. This single eye has many names in different religions: “shiv netra, divya chakshu, tisra til, Brahmrendra, triambka, trilochana nukta-i-sweda, koh-i-toor, third eye, single eye, figuratively called the still point, the mount of transfiguration, etc” – the candlelight we find as symbols in our church, there are the reflection and reminder of this inner light – likewise we have the Inner Sound, in our Church known as the bell – different types of music, also called the music of the spheres, can be heard inside as well – also this bell-ringing is a symbol for our Inner Sound.
My Master, when He was in America during His world-tour, I was asked in a TV-interview to give a few words for the ancient universal teaching. He answered: “Do good, be good and be one” – the last one indicates that we are all one, one family, one creation of one God for all and everything (only we hide behind names, but the One is formless and Nameless…) – we all are a drop of this Divine Ocean of love and All-Consciousness. Our purpose of life: to go back to our real Home, to the Father’s Home. For this we have to look deeply into ourselves and bring a huge change into ourselves, to become innocent children again…
All the best my friend and a journey on your path
Hugs and love
Sorry – a mistake in the first sentence: My life started…
Hi Didi, thank you so much for sharing your heart and your faith journey. The search for truth is something that we all, eventually, find ourselves contemplating, because we all are children of God, and like you mentioned – are on the quest back Home to our Heavenly Father – so that yearning for truth lies inside each and every one of us. Hugs and love xox
Indeed, dear friend and as we all have different backgrounds and developments, nevertheless, sooner or later we will be back in our Father’s lap – all is a matter of a time factor. And when we live up to this inner yearning, we will be a blooming flower in the garden of God…
Thanks you, my dear friend 🙂
All what is good for you.
A blooming flower – what a beautiful thought 🙂 hugs xo
Good for you.
I’m not good at having those conversations, and I think it comes down to being afraid of rejection. I can have conversations about Jesus that aren’t face to face just fine, like writing in my blog about Christianity and such. And I can have those conversations when they are more detached. A few days ago, I was at a big annual event at the university I went to (the one I posted all the pictures of on Instagram), and there was one table handing out flyers about some of the research going on at the school, and they asked people “what’s your big idea to change the world?” and had us write our responses on a big wall-type place. I wrote that my big idea was for everyone to know the love of Jesus. But I wasn’t able to tell the person at the booth why I felt that way or what it meant or anything like that. 🙁
Thank you friend for this wonderful note. To change the world – wow what a question. I love your answer! hugs xox
Oh… and by the way, my post about Unplanned is finally up.
awesome!! can’t wait to read it!!
I’m glad you were able to show the guy love and tell him how important love is. I think that’s what people really need to hear. I think indirectly everyday, people are searching for love, but don’t know how or don’t even know they are looking for it. Rather people (in my opinion) ACT on that need. After all, God DID say its not good for man to be alone. This is why in our everyday lives we are ambassadors of God and it’s important to live by that. No matter what religion one belongs to or if they don’t believe in any of them at all, a person can tell if they live by what they preach and from the looks of it because of how honest you were about your life, he was able to open his heart to God. So good job on the representation!😉
Thank you Ezi! I agree – I think we all have that deep longing for love. So true! big hugs xox
Wow! “I thirst.” Just WOW! I never thought of it like that. That is profound. Thank you.
Usually we think of the Living Water as quenching our thirst. But yes, duh, He does thirst for us. God must also thirst for us. And our love quenches His thirst.
Oh gosh, thank you so much! Yes! He poured everything out on the cross, and we need to respond! 🙂 big hugs xox
I love it! Our Father is simply amazing in the way He can use us to reach the most unlikely people in the most unlikely situations. You may feel you could have done better – but you spoke up honestly and that was enough!
And I love your reflection about God’s thirst for us!
Thank you so much Stephen! He really is such a good Father! big hugs xox
Beautifully, uniquely, said….
thank you so much Nelson 🙂 big hugs xox
Kai! Caralyn, I just really love you more right now. This post literally brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for being authentically you and for encouraging folks like me to stand up for Jesus.
Btw, ‘Kai’ is a Nigerian expression which is kind of equivalent to saying ‘wow’….lol!
Oh my goodness, thank you so much! I am humbled by such generous words. I’m so glad it resonated with you 🙂 And what a cool word! will def be adding it to my vocubulary! big hugs xox
Cooool!!! You are welcome!!
This post is beyond beautiful.
The greatest commandment is to love God with 100% of our mind and heart and everything. I have always thought that is what God wants most and when we do this, we understand who we truly are and what are purpose on this planet is.
Clearly God sent this man into your life. Maybe he was an angel.
Hi DI – oh wow, thank you so much for such a beautiful reflection. Amen to that – with 100%! hugs xo
What a great way to communicate the love of Christ. The world needs more love! Thanks for standing out for Jesus is the most amazing way!
Hi George! Thank you so much – I agree – more love! hugs xo
I’m an atheist, so found this an interesting read. There seems to be confusion in the religious community about it, like we’re dribbling lunatics who hate humanity. My stance is to live as morally sound a life as possible and be magnanimous towards others, which comes naturally to me.
But some of the questions he asked were intriguing, as many atheists will turn to science journals, physics, or philosophy for answers. But that’s a wonderful response you gave him.
Hi Mr. Wapoljif! Thank you so much for sharing your perspective on this! I agree – there sadly is a misunderstanding, and it makes me sad. Because everyone is on their own journey, trying to find the truth. And we are called to love everyone! We also had great conversation about science as well. And also about the legacy that we leave on this earth, and how we treat people. it was a beautiful conversation. Thanks for sharing your heart 🙂 big hugs oxox
What I take from Christ’s final words (and His ministry) is that each of us has meaning and we bring it to life… You demonstrate this beautifully. Happy Easter. – Tony
Wow, Tony. I love that so much. Thank you, dear friend. Happy Easter to you as well. xox
I Thirst For You Letter- written by Mother Teresa. BEAUTIFUL prayer that she wrote, and fits in perfectly to your blog today. Perhaps you have already heard it.. if not, please do check it out!
Oh wow – I can’t wait to check it out! i’ve never heard of her letter but wow I’m excited to read it! big hugs xo
Yes! This prayer spoke to my heart so much the first time I read it! And reading your blog made me instantly think of it. God bless!
I was reminded of the same after reading this post! I remember reading Mother Teresa was inspired to start the Missionaries of Charity because Jesus told her of His thirst for love and souls. That was the basis of her spirituality. I think I remember reading that “I Thirst” is on the walls where the Missionaries work/live… Remember Jesus told His disciples not to worry about what to say; the Holy Spirit provides the words! I always pray to St. Gabriel (since he’s the messenger) and the Holy Spirit for guidance with conversation and writing. Have a blessed Holy Week +
I love that – the Holy Spirit provides the words. Amen to that!! you as well! xox
Thanks for letting this happen. The power in your conversations are the questions, not the answers. You heard the seeking, “thirsting,” for answers that can only come from questions. The new insights come from asking.
Thank you so much Von, I really appreciate your encouraging words! You’re right – sometimes we have to ask those difficult questions! hugs xo
This is beautiful. I pray more and more that we, Christians, love regardless of circumstance. That we love in spite of and not because of.
Hi Anesii, gosh, thank you so much for your incredibly kind words. You’re so right – in spite of is a powerful way to love! hugs xo
You’re welcome 😊 🤗🤗
As usual an interesting post. Also some interesting questions. The answer to all the young man’s questions are found in the Bible. Jesus own words enable each of us to understand that his life is more than an example – it is the price paid for our salvation.
When we appreciate the price paid we need then to understand what motivated Jesus to pay that price. 1 John 4: 8 is often quoted and versres 9 and 10 explain much: “9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
Gods love prompted the sacrifice Jesus made to cover our sin.
We need to ask what does that mean to each one of us. We all have different sins and we all live with our personal history, The Father sees beyond that – his love is greater than our hearts. If left to ourselves to judge many of us would have given up years ago.
To find the meaning of life, understand what we need to do 1 John 4 is a great place to start.
Public declaration of faith is part of our purpose so well done on that – as an evangelist I know that courage and faith prompt us to speak.
Life is precious and 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
Truth seekers need to keep searching
Hi Mark, thank you so much for this thoughtful response. Amen – life IS precious. It also calls to mind that we are to go and make disciples of all nations! big hugs xo
Disciple making is part of our Christian responsibility and we have to be where the people are, on the street, marketplace and at home. However, one of the great questions for Christians has to be why are there so many messages out there about Christ? This takes us back to Apollos and the Ethiopian Official – both needed to follow Jesus instructions – the Apostle Paul had to be taught. John 17: 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. This led to the Apostle Paul’s conclusion at Romans 10: 14 “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”
When asked every Christian must respond that they teach the truth of Gods word publicly. To “know God” requires more than saying he exists, to know Jesus means we understand why he died.
Have a great time
Amen! How fitting on the eve of Easter.
Wonderful and blessed experience!
THanks! It really was! big hugs xox
Hi there. You done good! God used your SPF50/sun hat look too. In the rain? Ok but you’re consistent. Persistent, steadfast. (My wife and I were recently discussing the difference between stubbornness and steadfastness – the difference is steadfastness is not about you. So .. at least in this area you are not stubborn but steadfast). I love it though, praying in front of Planned Parenthood. You were already a witness for Christ just doing that. And one thing led to another.
So I think you planted a seed. It’s up to God to send others to water it; and he will. But you keep on; your faithfulness will bear fruit. And you’re a joy to everyone.
haha yes – i am not outside without my hat hahah But seriously, thank you for your encouraging words. I pray that God water it!! 🙂 big hugs to you xox
Yes, God will put us all in those positions when we open ourselves to His will. Well done, sharing your anorexia with him. I know it was still anonymous, but it was face-to-face. That’s a real positive!
Your response that the meaning of life is to love was good! Your idea that it is in response to “I thirst” is also very good. Let me give you some scriptures that affirm your thoughts.
Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8 NKJV
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
If you love Me, keep My commandments. John 14:15
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31
I know of a woman who came to Jesus through finding a Bible and reading it through the night. God’s Word is so much more powerful than just the words, because God’s Spirit is in them. This is what I tell myself and encourage us all to do: read your Bible. Know what it says and be able to tell others what it says. Imagine conversations with people – what they might object to, what curiosities they have about God and life, and know what you might answer.
I honestly have a hard time remembering WHERE I read things like the quotes above and use biblegateway.com to search for where the thing is that I remember. Do you have a Bible app on your phone? You can carry your Bible with you that way and use your phone to SHOW someone God’s Word.
Everything above is me writing to me as much as to you, so please don’t take anything as criticism. Just trying to help and support. I need to do these things too.
My B3 bag came yesterday! Love it! My Bible class stuff will be in it the next time I teach! I wish I could get it autographed! But try this – you designed all of the stuff that goes on the merchandise, and they print what you send, right? Why not scan your signature – Caralyn – and have it printed on items? Call them your “Signature Collection.” Just a thought…
Thanks so much Jeff, for this thoughtful response. I now! It was crazy that I just opened up so easily about my past — that was for sure God’s hand. And thank for sharing those wonderful scriptures. I do have a bible app – that’s great advice – i need to have His word at the ready, because you’re right – it is laced with His spirit. ok…maybe “laced” wasn’t the right word there…sounds kind of negative haha but you get what i’m saying!!! 🙂 So thank you for that awesome adive – greatly appreciate. And oh my gosh so awesome!!! yay!!!! thank you again for your wonderful support. i hope it sparks some conversation!! Ooh, a signature collection! that sounds incredibly fancy and cool 🙂 hahah i may just have to figure out how to do that! 🙂 thanks for being such a great friend. Hope you and Julie have a great week! hugs to you both! xoxo
How about “infused” instead of “laced?” HA! I’ll be you could use a Sharpie to write a big signature on a piece of paper, scan it, and send it to your provider and they could apply it like they do the other artwork. If you don’t have a scanner, you could get it scanned onto a flash drive using a copier at a FedEx store (you’ll need to have the flash drive). Then email the scan to your provider. Who knows – might be worth the effort. Hugs & love XOXO
Hahah infused — THERE WE GO! Hahah And that’s a great idea – I’ll look into it 🙂 thanks again Jeff!
Wow, just wow. God works in mysteriously, wonderful ways yes? Not only did you have the opportunity to share the Truth with this young man who is obviously searching, but you were given an opportunity to grow in your own faith and understanding. And you know, I think that there was a great point made here…even though you wish you had the “perfect” words to share with him about the meaning of life, you shared what you had at the time, came home and were able to reflect and grow within yourself. So don’t beat yourself up about not sharing more, you may have the opportunity to share again 🙂 and realize that no matter what, you stood for God. God Bless, Caralyn!
Hi friend! thank you so much for this support! amen to that! God blessed me with that opportunity that day. I’m very grateful. And you’re right – I did the best I could, and now He equipped me to be more prepared in the future 🙂 I sure hope so! thanks for this wonderful encouragement. big hugs xox
Way to go putting yourself out there, Caralyn. You did great. Never underestimate how much you influenced this person. Sometimes, even words can be used. 🙂 But who you are is your best message.
Hey Mel! Thank you so much for your encouraging words. I pray that is the case! and Yes! i do love that truth – *even words* — God can use all things for His plans! 🙂 big hugs xox
This is what our faith is all about! Sharing in a loving way. Good for you!
Hi Mary Jo! Thank you so much 🙂 I agree! in a loving way! 🙂 hope you have a beautiful day! hugs xo
Wow!! This is so so deep. I was lost in those words “What is our response to his thirst? I hope my life would be a fitting response to that question. I pray so
Thanks for sharing dear
Hi Chiqj! thank you so much for this heartfelt response. Yes! Answering that question certainly causes us to examine our hearts! Me too 🙂 have a beautiful day, friend!! 🙂 hugs xox
I love seeing how God is moving in your life and using you for his Kingdom.
Oh my gosh, I am humbled by that. thank you, dear friend. God is good – and I pray His will be done! big hugs xox
So, so beautifully said, Caralyn! I think you are correct in that the meaning of life is to love, but not just love, to love like God loves, to share in his love for all humanity and the world. I firmly believe we are all called to use the talents God gave us to glorify Him and bring others to Him. You do that in a beautiful and profound way. So, yes, I do think you will see this young man again.
Hi Amy, oh gosh thank you so much! 🙂 Love like God loves — I love that — and so so true. Gosh, your response is so beautiful!! it energized me to be bold for Him!! 🙂 i hope so 🙂 big hugs xox
Hey! It was a delight to visit your blog! You’re an inspiration and may God continue to shine through you! I too have recently begun a blog. Would love to hear from you on it if time permits. No worries, either way. Keep going and God bless you👑
Hey friend! Oh my gosh thank you so much for this beautiful encouragement! Absolutely!! 🙂 congrats on your blog!! Hugs and love xox
You’re most welcome! Hugs and love to you too 🤗❤️
No worries though! Stay blessed ❤️😇
Thank you so much for this post it is excellent. The subject talking to an atheist reminded me of a few talks I have heard over the years by a man who was an atheist and turned to Christ; they are on youtube if you are interested: his name is Lee Strobel and his talk and book are called “The Case For Christ”.
Hey Dan! Thank you so much! Yes! I have watched the movie – so powerful 🙂 Hugs and love xox
Do you believe in angels? It seems he gave to you the ultimate question to meditate on for a lifetime. A message of the Lord, formed in a question, seems to have been delivered personally to you. Do you think? Maybe. The Lord will answer that question for you as you meditate on it with Him present. 🙂
Interesting thought! I do believe in angels 🙂 I think that God is so magnificent and creative that there’s a lot we don’t understand. Hugs and love xox
This gave me chills. Such a wonderful encounter! Thank you for sharing!!
Hey Carly! Aw good I’m so glad it resonated with you!! Hugs and love xox
Divine appointments will show up at times when and where we least expect them. And when God sets the appointment; place, time and person; God the Holy Spirit is also involved in preparing you, as well as giving you the words to say.
Praising Jesus for you, Caralyn, for your faith, hearing the Holy Spirit, actually listening to Him as He speaks to you, and then being obedient.
You are a living example of an exhortation in God’s Word:
1 Peter 3:15
15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
You are having these Divine appointments because you are trusted by God. He knows you are there at PP for the sake of lives which He created in the womb, and you know the value of each life.
Wherever you have a Divine appointment, it is not by your choosing, Almighty God has selected you, Caralyn, for that specific place and time, because you are a willing, obedient, daughter of the King of Kings, and you are there to give Honour and Glory to your Father.
The reason that gentleman kept speaking with you, and opened his hungry heart, is because you were not pressuring him. You shared your heart with him, respectfully, listening to him also, with no agenda except your life’s agenda of serving our Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ.
My heart welled with tears again as I slowly read and thought of you standing there sharing with that fellow, and Holy Spirit taking the words He gave you, and planting them in that gentleman’s mind and spirit to contemplate.
God Bless you Caralyn, as you are faithful to our Father. Praying His Wisdom within you, and His Protection over and around you always.
You’re so right about that, George! Thank you so much for your generous words. Gosh i am so touched and humbled. Truly. Thank you. God is good and I just pray to be available for Him to use! I’m so glad this hit home with you, my dear friend. I pray that God water those potential seeds in that man and that he goes and sees Unplanned, too! Thank you for your prayers and friendship. Hugs and love xox
Caralyn, for me to comment would be counterproductive. You are living Life, giving of yourself unconditionally. There is only one thing I can do, and that is to hear your fears and offer you strength to continue. You are the strongest young lady I have ever encountered. You hold a special place in my Heart.
Gosh thank you for such a generous note of encouragement. I am truly moved and touched. Thank you dear friend. And you, mine! Hugs and love xox
There are always opportunities and some of them are fortuitous – such as your encounter with the seeker (he called himself an atheist).
Its so great to read that you find the meaning of life is to love and that you feel this was Jesus’s message. And “What is the meaning of life?” “Why are we here?”
When I was 4 years old I asked Jesus to protect me. I felt Him put his hand over my groin and his fingers over my heart (he had a really big hand). I didn’t know it then but He was protecting my heart from pain and suffering from having been sexually abused by my intoxicated father – this was discovered around the age of 42 from a flashback.
A boss from my last job related her near death experience in a hospital at age 12: She described waiting in a long line in a train station. She stood before a committee of three and was asked two questions: “Did you love?” “Were you loved?”
On Monday night February 5, 1990 before going to sleep I asked: “God what am I suppose to do with my life.” I didn’t expect an answer. I woke in the morning feeling groggy and I lingered in bed. a presence entered me and curled up inside my abdomen and a name came to me. Sounded crazy – but I called the person on the phone (to my surprise her name was listed in the phone book – she was locally well known. She answered and I described what had happened. she told me that she had been curled up into a ball and was thinking of killing herself. I did a verbal contract with her over the phone not to engage in suicide and set up a meeting. I spent three hours at her house listening to her story. Upon leaving (on a positive note) I offered her resources – a few therapists names and she said: “The universe put you out there to here my call and that’s all I needed.” We have been good friends since. This led to a path of surrender as a healer to help relieve suffering.
Th short answer to the meaning of life and why are we here: “To love and be loved. To let the power of love flow through us from God or the Divine to help relieve suffering.”
“When suffering is transmuted with higher awareness there’s a possibility of leaps in consciousness.”
Thank-you for your inspiring and beautiful post.
Oh my gosh, Kai, thank you for sharing your story. My heart breaks to hear that the man who was supposed to protect you and be an image of our Heavenly Father to you, so grossly violated you and your innocent. I am just so sorry, Kai. I know it breaks God’s heart too because you are His precious child and have a dignity and worth that was violated in the most vile of ways. And wow what an encounter. God definitely used you to minister to that woman. I am so moved by your story. Thank you for sharing. Sending the biggest of hugs. Xox
My thoughts…that was an Angel sent for testing. You did a great job!
I saw the movie this weekend and I was blown away at how much I never knew about abortion clinics. Powerful movie and testimony.
Keep doing what you are doing Caralyn! You are an inspiration to me.
Hi friend! Oh gosh, that would be amazing. And yay! I’m so glad you saw the film! Take your friends! Haha I will be going back this week to see it again!! 🙂 Hugs and love xox
I took my husband snd he cried more than me and he is not a crier 😉
Oh good!! It is so incredibly powerful. I cried 6 times!! Like ugly cry/sobbing. Not a lick of mascara left afterwards!!!
So amazing! I am so proud of you for having the boldness. I actually spoke to a coworker at who today who is an atheist. I hope to have a conversation about my faith with him some day soon. I hope what I say can also be a reflection of Christ in me to my co-worker. Thank you for sharing and thank you for being bold!
Hi Sarah! Oh gosh thank you so much for your encouraging words! Way to plant those seeds!! Hugs and love xox
Some of us—for any number of reasons—just aren’t cut out for faith. I’ve been witnessed to many times by many varieties of Christian, Muslim and even Jew, and my answer is always the same.
I cannot believe in your god. It isn’t that I don’t want to believe in your god, I actually can’t. I’m mentally incapable of it. It’s similar to watching a bad movie with plot twists that are so over the top you just can’t bring yourself to believe it. We have a phrase for this: Suspension of disbelief.
I cannot suspend my disbelief for your god. It’s nothing personal, and I always appreciate it when someone takes the time to share their faith with me. It makes me feel special, but—unfortunately—it does not bring me any closer to believing in your god. There are no seeds to plants, no lingering self doubts to hone in on. Asking me to believe in your god is like asking me to believe you can spread your arms and fly.
I know you can’t, you know you can’t, thank you for stopping by to check on me.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I respect that you believe differently than I. Interestingly enough — we both have faith: I have faith that God exists. And you have faith that He doesn’t. So we could, for argument’s sake, put the shoe on the other foot, and say…I cannot suspend disbelief in a world without God — how could I explain the causality of the universe? Or the irreducible complexity of the human body? Or the intricacy of DNA? Or — where does the innate sense of morality come from? Or, ontologically speaking, how can we even conceptualize the *idea* of God? These facts make the suspension of disbelief that god does not exist simply impossible. I appreciate you stopping by. hugs and love xox
Margaret Sanger, the darling of Liberals and planned parenthood movement, started her journey because she wanted to get rid of the weeds of society: the Blacks, Jews, Italians, aborigines, etc.
And by God, she has succeeded in her grave beyond her widest dreams. These are the kinds of people you are dealing with!
The origins of planned parenthood are vile. Margaret Sanger in particular — I invite everyone to look up her personal beliefs about race. They are disgusting.
And Hillary Clinton was so honored when she won the Margaret Sanger award!
I know. I’m shaking my head in disbelief right now
Adopt Hitler adopted her ideas on euthanasia.
I may do a post on Margaret. I have done a lot of research.
Wow that is just so sad. I hope you do. The truth needs to be out there! In nyc they’ve named the street that one of the PP’s is on “Margaret Sanger Way” 🙄
Planned Parenthood was
formed to eliminate the weeds of society: blacks, Jews, Italians and aborigines! To bad she didn’t include Liberals!
J actually mentioned some of these things about Sanger with the man I was talking to, and he responded by asking me how I knew my sources were true. And I said it is well documented, and from her own mouth. And he rebutted that we are trusting that the source was true, but who’s to say it is. Gahhh it was so frustrating.
Just quote her own word’s, articles and such. He trusts his sources but is not willing to research otherwise.
He is all about ‘worldview and politics.’
Your typical Liberal fool!
From reading about your conversation, I absolutely believe you did a wonderful job. Words are just words, people can feel the emotion behind them. Quite possibly it was the love that needed conveyed to him. Thinking about it, there were several people Jesus used to convey love that started their lives on a much different path. As long as you feel led to go and pray on that corner, go pray on that corner.
Thank you so much for your encouraging words 🙂 You’re right, people remember how you made them feel . big hugs to you xox
You’re welcome 😊
It is a terrifying thing talking to those who disagree with us. Your title makes it sounds like it was your first time talking to an atheist in person, though I hope it won’t be your last if that is so. We, as Christians, tend to congregate (the dual definition of the word as an ecclesiastical term and as a secular term hints at the same) into spiritual cliques, refusing to meet others where they are. I have heard church members who worshiped solely within their steepled walls lambasting the Amish for segregating themselves from the world; too often the Great Commission is ignored for comfort and safety. I would guess that fear is the cause from my own experiences. We fear the atheist being right and disproving what we have built our lives around.
But if our faith cannot withstand talking to those of opposite beliefs, our faith is not real. That is, of course, barring the faith of new believers, a matter which I am quite certain does not apply to you.
I will disagree, perhaps if only semantically, about your point about our purpose being our response to Jesus’ love for us. Don’t misunderstand me: to love God is very much part of our purpose, but that is only the beginning, and only partial at that. At a minimum, God makes it clear that we each have a different purpose as varying members of the Body (1 Cor. 12). That is regarding our spiritual purpose, and I am of the persuasion that we also have individual purpose(s) as well.
Now, the question would be whether or not those are derived of God-born idiosyncrasies or personally chosen ones, or somewhere in between. E.g. I pursue writing as a career and purpose. As I tend towards Christian existentialism, I tend to view writing as both a God-born idiosyncrasy and as a chosen purpose insomuch as God has placed a desire to write within me and that I choose to act upon it. I don’t believe that all our purposes are chiseled in stone, and that part of the gift of Free Will is our ability to choose some of our purpose(s) in life. Writing is not, however, my spiritual purpose. It may coincide with it at times, — when I write about theology that is — but not at all times. Again, a decidedly Christian existential bent, but one that I would argue is harmonic with Scripture, and, indeed, derived of it.
If you haven’t already, I’d recommend reading some Søren Kierkegaard. Kierkegaard is largely considered the founder of existentialism and was a theologian as well. Namely, you find the idea that we are born with God-made characteristics, but that there are parts of who we are that we are free to determine once we are born. Nature and nurture as Psychology would say.
Anyway, I’m rambling now. Be well.
Thanks so much friend. It definitely wasn’t my first time talking to an atheist. I know many wonderful people and friends who are atheists – but I’ve never had to defend my faith with an atheist. That was my first experience with that. You bring up some really interesting points. Definitely going to be mulling over them this morning! And I’ll have to look up that writer! Hugs and love xox
I think what you said was perfect! Blessings!
Thank you Cindy, I really appreciate your encouraging words! Hugs and love xox
I think you did a great job of shining your own light towards this man you met! I believe that you can literally see the light of a person that carries God’s love in their heart. I am sure you had him thinking about his lack of faith. I saw a man last week at IHOP and he was busing tables and he was literally lighting up the room. He was smiling and talking to everyone at every table with the kindest words. When he stopped by our table I said to him, “It is not hard to tell you certainly have the love of the Lord within you!” He of course talked about how he loved the Lord and wanted to come in and share his love with everyone. My guess is you were a beaming light in this man’s life and that you are in everyone elses that you touch. Shine on BeautyBeyoundBones!
Hi Friend, gosh thank you so much for your encouraging words! I am so touched by that. And wow what an awesome interaction with that man! And my goodness, thank you for such generous words. I pray that be the case! Big hugs to you xox
Girl ! Keep wearing your skin and FAITH and doing HIS work. He will always give you the words! loved this story!
Hey Angi! Oh my gosh thank you for this beautiful encouragement. Definitely!! Hugs and love xox
i love reading your encouraging example of faith, honesty, humility. Standing up for the Truth but, like Jesus, loving people where they are. And sharing your story. I’m still praying for my son’s victory over his demons. Like him mom, prayer and love, honesty and yet not judging – though I am struggling a bit in that area. I hope people will learn that life is precious. And options, like adoption, are just as available as abortion.
Hi Eric! Thank you so much for your encouraging words. I pray that people learn the preciousness of life too. Adoption is a beautiful thing! Hugs and love xox
I’m glad you had such an opportunity to witness for Jesus. Even more than your words, your life will have made a difference.
You may never see that man again, but God has reached out and touched him through you. It was a blessed meeting for Holy Week.
Hi Penny! Thank you so much. For these encouraging words. I do pray that is the case 🙂 Hugs and love xox
Every post is great, but this is beautiful! I never considered the phrase “I thirst” in this light. I’m so thankful for your witness to this guy. I pray that what the Holy Spirit planted in his heart will lead to his salvation.
Hi Matthew! Oh my gosh I am so touched by this, thank you. I pray that be the case too! Hugs and love xox
Wow!!! Fantastic meeting and conversation! It really gives me goose bumps when I can see God so plainly orchestrating things like that. So now I’m definitely praying for you and he to meet again, and soon…I actually feel like this is a bit of a cliff hanger! You’ve seriously got to keep us posted if you do run into him again!
Thanks so much 🙂 it really was a beautiful interaction. Praise God for letting our paths cross. Haha yes! A cliff hanger for sure! I’ll keep you posted? Hugs and love and happy Easter!
What I must say, Sis’, was that whatever you have spoken to him, about how we should “love one another”, really resignated with him in longer ways than you might expect. You took a chance to speak to him, even in the rain, and you let him hear “your truth”, which ties into God’s Truth as well. “Love” is one of the biggest words to say because “God Is Love.”
For that day, know that God sees everything you are doing for Him. Your common question thought of: “Why are we hear?” My answer: We are hear to do the Will of God and to remind the lost souls in this world of Him, and to remind them that God is always there for them, support them, and love them. My book (That P.U.S.H. I Needed) is one book I’m proud of because I wrote the words from my spirit for Him. Now, I do apologize if it seems as if I’m commenting on your post to promote a book, which I am not at all.
I might’ve been one of those people on the streets seeking to go pass and ignore him, especially since it was raining on that day. The more we focus on God and do His Will, the more we are tested and we can easily spot our tests. Sis’, you’ve done your job for God and He saw your great deed. He sees all and knows all. 🙂
Thank you so much for this wonderful encouragement. And wow – congrats on your book! I’ll definitely check it out!! Hugs and love xox
About conversation with an atheist: go to http://www.saytothewearyone.blogspot.com and check out THE HOLE IN GOD’S HEART.
Thank you so much for sharing that link. Looking forward to reading! big hugs ox
I think what you told him was what needed to be said. You showed him a spark, perhaps he will come back to you, or perhaps somewhere else. The importance is that you showed him.
When our hearts are called to be open, it is their that I have seen the beginning of the journey commences. We all strive to make deeper meaning with the journey ahead. This foundational tenet of consciousness drives our lifelong quest for to realize a higher sense of Self. It also forms what metaphysics has deemed to.be the ethereal, or the substance that unites the physical with the spiritual. Great article, and pray on; you have a wonderful mission and will make a big difference by staying true to your essence. At s minimum, it seems the encounter deeply affected your inner growth, which is the aim of any exercise we undertake to form deeper meaning of ourselves.
Hi Dr. Maples, you’re so right – open hearts are a necessity in this life. thanks for your thoughts on this! hugs xox
Hi beautiful <3
We need only to plant the seeds. God will give you the words you need at the time you need them since you are helping Him <3
I love reading your blog and pray you continue to be inspired to write AND share God's love with others <3
Thank you so much Jackie for your kind words. Amen to that- He equips us!! Thanks for your prayers!!! Hugs and love xox
Hugs and love <3 Have a lovely day and evening!
You too Jackie!!
The thought of the Lord thirsting for us makes me worship. “I am my beloved’s, and his desire is for me” (Song of Songs 7:10). His love is beyond everything!
Amen to that – beyond everything! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox
We’re here for love absolutely! and part of showing love is through forming and maintaining relationships, I love that you were able to show your true colors to this guy in a casual conversation in such a friendly and caring way!!❤️❤️❤️
You did well with the atheist. Each conversation, thought back upon, teaches lessons, and gives experience to draw upon for better being prepared in the future. Trial and error, the only way we truly learn something. I’m very intrigued about the “I thirst” part. I never thought of that in that exact same light before. Very good. I’ll think more on it, and apply it in my life. A great “home run” post.
I loved this post . You are so solid in your faith . I do not understand a lot of our faith . But I do believe. And I think that is a good start. 💕
Thank you!! Gosh, I am seriously so grateful for how you’ve gone through and read all these post and responded! thank you thank you thank you!!! I think it’s a wonderful start 🙂 hugs xox
I love your posts and I get so lost on here that I miss so many of yours so I want to . Hugs💕
This is such an awesome post! We strive to meet and help people through https://marriedstrong.com/ the same way you are making an impact. But this is such wonderful inspiration to always be prepared to evangelize on a moment’s notice! Love your work!!
Thank you so much!! I really appreciate your kind words! Hugs and love xox
Very convicting C !
Thanks so much J! Have a great night! Hugs and love xox
A good lesson on evangelism. It doesn’t have to be perfect. He was probably replaying the conversation just like you were. Hopefully you will get a chance to continue the conversation. Peace of Jesus!
Thank you so much David! You’re so right! It doesn’t have to be perfect! Just from an authentic heart! i hope so to 🙂 big hugs xo