Today in church, I had the pleasure of hearing from a great man that I looked up to when I was younger. He is not much older than I am and is still the picture of youthfulness. In his brief monologue, he spoke of his trials as a young man. In particular he spoke about his parents spliting up when he was 12 and by the age of 17, they had finally divorced. He was so angry with the predicament he found his family in. Were it not for his youth leaders and the Bishop, he would have fell along the wayside. He told two separate stories to illustrate the importance of ministering even to those who seem to share the same faith. Both stories, I would do no justice in retelling.
Toward the end of his discourse, he spoke directly to the youth. His message came from the Old Testament of the King James version of The Holy Bible, in the Book of 2 Kings 6:16-17
16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
17 And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
I was thoroughly inspired by his message. This passage of scripture spoke to the very heart of me and reminded me of the heritage from which I come. I am a daughter of the Most High, born to this mortality to experience joy, sorrow, happiness, pain, and to take on the temptations of life. Yet, "they that be with us are MORE than they that be with them"! In other words, there are more helping me along my journey than there are to hinder my progress.
Reading the passage, inspires me to continue on my path of enlightenment; to seek knowledge in all places and from all religious creeds. To be confident in the Lord that he can open my eyes and teach me all things that point me toward the light!