Slimy, Green Algae Never Had It Like This

 

It continues to amaze me how we can have a relationship with God where He guides our steps, places thoughts in our minds, and is not only with us, but in us. Talk about intimacy!  And this intimacy can make any situation turn holy in a hurry, such as the time I found myself seated on a plane next to a twelve-year old traveling by herself.

“Kylie” struck me as being a bit nervous and insecure.  She asked what my final destination was before telling me she would be connecting to Oklahoma.  The reason she volunteered was horrible: “My best friend who lives there was murdered last night…”

This bombshell statement hung in the air for a moment before I began silently asking God for help. With pounding heart, I recalled He had led me to pray in advance about my flights and who I would be seated next to. God was clearly in this, but I was in over my head and knew it.

“I’m so sorry, Kylie.” I ventured. “That’s awful!  You must be in terrible shock…”

“I am,” she confessed.  “And sort of afraid.  I want to be with her family and our friends, and my dad and mom – who are divorced – talked to each other on the phone and agreed to let me go.”

My heart broke for those affected by this sudden, tragic loss and I wondered whether Kylie or her friend had a strong relationship with Jesus.

Shortly after takeoff, an exhausted Kylie fell asleep and I spent the next hour and a half struggling with tears and praying for her and the deceased girl’s family and friends.  I also sought the Lord for something comforting to share with her after she woke up. Multiple passages of the Bible began coming to mind, but none of them struck me as being what Kylie would be able to absorb during this encounter.

“Lord,” I inwardly prayed.  “We’re running out of time and I don’t know what You want me to share.”

As I continued to pray, Psalms 139:13-14 permeated my thinking, which states:

…You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.  I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

These are marvelous truths, I inwardly acknowledged.  But they didn’t seem to fit within the context of ministering to an exhausted pre-teen who was grieving the loss of her childhood friend.  My silent conversation with God continued.

“Lord, please help me, here. What specifically would You like Kylie to know?”

Those same verses came to remembrance, over and over, while Kylie slept.  Then this phrase wove its way through my mind:

She did not evolve from slimy, green algae.

I had just taken a sip of water and almost choked.  “What, Lord?” I silently asked.  “That couldn’t have been from You!”

She did not evolve from slimy, green algae.

It was hard not to laugh, even though my stomach was fluttering nervously.  Seriously, would the amazing God of the universe not give His adopted daughter something more spiritual sounding than that to share?

“Lord, is this from You?” I inwardly queried.

I formed her inward parts.  I wove her in her mother’s womb.  She did not evolve from slimy, green algae.

Honestly, if someone had told me about their having this interaction with the God of creation, I may have thought they’d eaten too much pizza the night before.  God surely wouldn’t communicate in such a way, would He?

She needs to hear that she did not evolve from slimy, green algae.

Wow.  I had known and walked with God most of my life – although failure prone and quite the disaster at times – but never had I sensed Him having me share something so… weird… with another person. But the communication was clear, so I thanked Him for answering prayer.

What would Kylie think when I shared that with her, I wondered?  And, good grief!  What kind of introductory remarks would a person need before working such a statement into a conversation?

Kylie eventually woke up, and I knew there would soon be announcements and interruptions as we began our final descent.  It was now or never.

“Kylie, you slept so well!  You must be exhausted.”

“I am,” she yawned.  “I didn’t sleep at all last night.”

My silent prayers continued.  “I have a question for you.  Are you up to talking right now?”

“Yes.”

“Well, I’ve been over here praying for you almost constantly.  Do you mind if I share something with you on the spiritual side?  I won’t, if you don’t want me to.”

“No, sure.  In fact, I’d like that.” She stated as she straightened herself up in her seat.

Our eyes met.

“Kylie, I have this personal relationship with God; Jesus Christ. It’s kind of crazy.  He speaks to me through His Word, the Bible, and His Holy Spirit.  I talk with Him all the time.  And I’ve been asking God what it is He wanted me to share with you.”

“Really?”

“Yes.”

“What is it?”

“I believe God wants you to know that…  well, you didn’t evolve from slimy, green algae.”

Her eyes were puffy and had dark circles under them from lack of sleep, but they locked most beautifully on me in surprise before she gave a short laugh.

“What did you just say?”

“That God and I want you to know you didn’t evolve from slimy, green algae. God is real.  He created people as people, and He formed you in your mother’s womb, Kylie.  He loves you and cares about you.  And you can talk to Him any time, anywhere, about anything.”

Kylie’s expression of surprise turned into one of pleasure.  She uttered a little giggle and said, “That’s nice. I like that.”

The interruptions of air travel resumed, Kylie sat with a dreamy smile on her face, and I wondered what in the world was going on inside her head. I didn’t ask for her phone number because she was a minor;  I also found myself wondering what her parents would think about their daughter being told she didn’t evolve from simple life forms.

Once on the ground, we said goodbye to one another and prepared to go our separate ways. We would probably forget each others’ names in the months to come, and perhaps even the encounter.  But as I watched Kylie disappear into the crowd, heading for her next gate, tears stung my eyes and my heart cried out:*

Save this one, Lord!  Choose her to know and trust You. Follow Kylie all the days of her life!  And please put a wall of protection around her.

I intuitively knew I wouldn’t see Kylie again, this side of heaven. But God had her in His sights and I knew He would pursue her with His great, merciful love because He had arranged the whole encounter to begin with.

 * * *

There has never been a human being who was a product of some type of cosmic accident (see Genesis 1:26-27).  We were all created by God for intimacy and relationship with God.

 Psalms 139:13-16, in the New American Standard Bible (NASB) tells us:

For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.  I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.” 

Are you being treated as if slimy, green algae are embedded in your DNA?  How about someone you care for?  My humble cry to you is, “Hold onto what the Bible says!”  And now, I’ll meddle a little.  Have you ever viewed someone you can’t stand as if he or she were a “slime-ball”?  I have.  And it’s an offense to God.

The ramifications of us having been designed and created for relationship with God are astounding!  They mean:

  • The circumstances surrounding God’s children are not accidental (see Romans 8:28)
  • Our struggles were never meant for us to bear alone (Romans 8:26-27)
  • We can talk to God anytime, anywhere, about anything (Psalm 145:17-18)

It also means we have accountability.  If we’re living as if we really did evolve from slimy, green algae, we owe God an apology for acting as if He didn’t perform His wonderful works of creation.  Organic material never sinned against its Creator.  But you and I have (see Romans 3:23); we have a “sin DNA” which makes us unfit for intimacy with God. But God provided the means for any person to have a free and forgiven relationship with Him, and that is through His Son, Jesus Christ (John 3:16). God is willing to exchange out our sin DNA for His perfect Son’s DNA (Colossians 1:13-14, 26-27). What an amazing gift!

But embracing this gift is a choice. If you haven’t already taken possession of it (or once embraced it but have allowed it to grow cold), you can have deepest intimacy with God where He guides your every step, places perfect thoughts in your mind, and is not only with you, but in you.  Believe God for this type of relationship and pursue it wholeheartedly.

Psalm 145:18 states: “The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.”  Bare your soul to God, no matter who you are, what you’ve been through, or how you’re feeling. You were created by Him for intimacy with Him.

June

June

People Lover. Author. Blogger. Speaker. Forgiven Much & Wild About God. Learn about June's latest book on her website.

8 Comments

  • Brad says:

    Well said

  • Beryl says:

    Each one of us is wonderfully made, uniquely made…to glorify Him! Took me a long time to take it to heart that He made me just the way I am, intentionally…no mistakes! Thank you Jesus!

  • Evelyn says:

    Great material and soul searching questions. Personal experience expressed is just like you share face to face speaking of your deep love and commitment to God.

  • Brenda says:

    I so love that God places perfect thoughts in our heads. He is so good! Thank you, June, for letting Him speak through you.

  • Stan says:

    Truth! Love the next verse of Psalm 139… “How precious are your thoughts, O God. How vast the sum of them.” (Ps 139:17 ESV)

    Hmmm… kind of thinking this has everything to do with your divine encounter with Kylie.

  • Danica says:

    To be made in the image of God is a remarkable thing. How often we forget that just as we have been made in His image, so have the people around us. What a beautiful reminder to look at others with God’s eyes. His intent and purpose woven with perfect detail in each person magnifying His glory and purpose in humanity. Not one strand out of place. Even on a plane. Thank you.

  • Judi says:

    Thank you for sharing this experience so clearly, June. It reminds me that I need to trust and listen to God’s nudges, even when they don’t make sense to me. After all, He did a beautiful job of orchestrating your response, which He will also do for all of us, if we just trust Him….❤️

  • Haiden says:

    Thanks for sharing June! What an important world view to keep in mind especially right now!

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