How Clear is Your View?

This week our family, our church family and many suffered the loss of a dear man, David Shaver.  This man was one that loved Jesus, his wife and his ministry.  He minstered to many by the walk he led. He ministered to youth and college age kids through teaching.  He was an incredible man of God whom many admired and looked up to, so why would God take him? 

I will be the first to tell you, that I don’t pretend to know the answer to this question.  However, I do feel led to share my personal story of following the footsteps of another godly man whom God took home about 5 yrs ago.

This man was someone that Richard & I had come to know through a Sunday school class about 12 or 13 yrs ago.  He had a way of sharing a story from the word of God that left you wanting more.  He loved God and His word and wanted to share that with others.  This man was not a pastor or a teacher as we may know, but was a mere man that shared his passion.  He didn’t push it on you, but somehow had a way of drawing you to be better, know more, just desiring a deeper relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  Anyway, in 2005, God saw fit to call him home.  It was the hardest thing that I ever had to endure.  Seriously!   But once he wasn’t there for me to ask questions of, talk to or learn from, I was a lost “puppy”.  I mean, how was I going to continue on, he had been my sounding board for so many things.  He had been the one that I turned to when I was leading a ministry within the church, running a business, raising kids, learning the word and didn’t have the answers.  It wasn’t until I cried out in prayer, imploring God to do something, that I heard him say….  I’m here for you.  I want to be your God.  I want to be the one you turn to. Through the time of grieving this loss, I realized that I had made this man my God.  I didn’t realize that I had done that.  I couldn’t even grasp that I could have possibly let that happen.  It seemed like my relationship with the Lord wasn’t even real, wasn’t even my own…  Because it wasn’t. 

 It was then that I was reminded of John 14 when Jesus knew he was leaving the disciples, He told them that he would ask the father to give another Helper.  That Helper is the Holy Spirit, the Spirt of Truth.  He tells us that He will not leave us as orphans and that we will know Him because He abides with us.   I had the Holy Spirit as my comforter, protector, guidance and many other things.  God had desired to have that relationship with me but  I had chosen to have with/through someone else.  For me personally, I felt like God removed a man that I had made my god.  In order for me to get a better view of God himself, he needed to call him home. Then he later removed Richard from my life to make the view even clearer. 

I don’t know if there is anything else standing in the way of my view these days.   It seems pretty clear to me.  I can’t imagine what my future holds without these amazing people in my life, but I know that for the last few yrs and especially these last 9 months, God has been there in ways that I can’t even describe.  My relationship is certainly deeper and more intimate than ever before.  I hope that I never get to a place where I’m not depending on God for anything.  I can do nothing on my own. 

As a christian, I Thess 4 reminds us that we don’t have to grieve as those who have no hope. 

 I’ll ask, do you have a relationship with God through Jesus?  If you don’t, message me.  If you do, is it one of your own?  Or are you living a “pornographic” relationship through someone else?  Meaning that you desire something from someone else that isn’t real.  Sitting and watching and wanting what they have?  I’m going to tell you, that you can have a real relationship like none other.  

 Romans 8:28 says we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 

Don’t allow the things, or the people of this world to clutter your view of who God is.

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2 Comments on “How Clear is Your View?”

  1. Dave Stephenson Says:

    Thanks for sharing, Teresa. What a wonderful and tender heart you have. We’re all comforted by Isaiah 57: 1-2 regarding the loss to loved ones but it’s also normal for us to keep asking ‘Why?’

    It’s taken me quite awhile to realize that it’s wrong to look to a friend(s) or even a pastor for spiritual growth (as they are only instruments of Christ), but to the King of Kings and patterning my life after Jesus and no one else. We need to stay focused on THE man, and never a man. If we stay true to this, our view never ever changes.

  2. Renee' Hogan Says:

    Wow! How incredible!! It really makes me think! Thank you for sharing your wisdom! I love you and and your love for God. It really shows!!


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