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“Love” By Natashia Thurik

“Love” By Natashia Thurik

Rev. Crystal September 22, 2013 0 comments
Natashia Thurik

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NIV)

     Often times when I sit and think about how the Lord has blessed, I wonder why He picked someone like me to do a work for Him. According to society I shouldn’t be where I am today; due to the culturally and economically driven statistics I was destined to fail. I grew up in poverty, one of five kids with a single mom living off the system just to make it by every month. Anger, hate, fear and depression surrounded me, consumed me and left me feeling as though this was all there was to life. I was going through life waiting for it to end. I was a nobody, had nothing and was going nowhere. I was searching for love and affection, and the feeling of wholeness having no idea there was anything else out there to fill this void. Just when I thought that this was how I was going to spend the rest of my life… I was rescued. 

     I was rescued by someone who poured love on me despite my flaws, my past failures or the fact that I was deemed in-fixable by the world around me. He took the broken pieces of my life, picked them up and placed them ever so gently on the potter’s wheel. I cried out to him; “I’m not worth it, I’ll just break again.” And he replied “I am the potter, you’re the work of my hand.” The same hands that motioned the world into existence and took nails for my sins molded the broken pieces back together. 
      When he was finished he called me beautiful and told me I had the ability to change the world. Bewildered I replied, “But Lord, I’m a nobody. How could I change the world by myself?” Without even a second of hesitation he confidently spoke back: “I knew you before you were born. Even while you were still in your mothers I called you. This is where we start over again, I just cleansed you; no longer are you known as a nobody, but MY dear somebody. My child, I never said you were going to have to change the world on your own, I would never expect you to take it all on by yourself. In your weakness my strength shines through. I am greater than anything in this world, and from this day forward I will live inside of you. And I will be with you all the days of your life. I love you.” 
      HE IS LOVE. He is always patient, waiting for me to find my way back home when I stray. He never boasts when I realize I’ve messed up, or I’ve made a wrong choice. He’s there reassuring me, helping me back up when I’ve fallen. And when I cry out to him he hears me, when I apologize he erases my past and helps me take steps towards the future. When I get angry because I feel like I’m missing out, he whispers in my ear “I’m protecting you.” He’s never failed me, even when I fail him. He loves unconditionally, mends my heart every time it gets broken. He is the lamp unto my feet. When I feel like I can’t run this race any longer, he picks me up. When I feel like I have no one I can talk to, or anyone I can trust he’s there. When I feel lonely, he wraps me in his arms.

      It’s a love I will never understand, a love that can only be found in Him and a love I can’t imagine living without. It amazes me how he loves the unlovable, fixes the in-fixable and saves the un-savable. It brings me to tears when I realize what He saved me from, where he brought me out of and who he saved me from becoming. I was deemed in-fixable by the world’s standings, was told I had no future because of my past; yet he chose me. Through this love He called me. He called me to go out and reach the world, go out and tell the rest of the world it’s not too late, that He can fix the broken pieces of their lives too. It’s a love I don’t deserve, a love I never want to live without and a love the world needs to hear about.

By: Natashia Thurik
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About The Author Rev. Crystal Rev. Crystal Schmalz is a licensed minister in the United Pentecostal Church International, holds a Master of Divinity degree from Urshan Graduate School of Theology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities and History from Michigan State University. Crystal has served as a staff chaplain at Barnes Jewish Hospital, has completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, and is a member of ACPE. She served as a ministry staff leader for ACMNP in Yellowstone National Park and enjoys the beauty of God’s creation. She served on staff at Life Christian Church pastored by David Stephens doing outreach, guest coordination, youth leadership, Sunday school, and music ministry. She currently attends New Life Center pastored by Garry Tracy, and is involved in teaching Sunday school, preaching at nursing homes, teaching Bible Studies, and helping people connect to God and community. Crystal loves to spend time with her husband Luke, and her hobbies include writing, “thrifting,” eating ice cream, and playing Settlers of Catan and Scrabble with friends and family.

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